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Sexual satisfaction in total and subtotal abdominal hysterectomy: a randomized clinical trial

Author(s): Ghanbari Z | Parvanehsayar D

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 65;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Total abdominal hysterectomy | subtotal abdominal hysterectomy | sexual function

Background: Abdominal hysterectomy is one of the therapeutic options in treatment of gynecologic diseases. The most common methods are total and subtotal abdominal hysterectomy. The effect of hysterectomy on sexuality is not fully understood and, until recently, total and subtotal abdominal hysterectomies have been compared only in observational studies. In this study, we compare total vs. subtotal abdominal hysterectomy in terms of surgical complications and postoperative sexual function of patients.Methods: In a single-blinded randomized clinical trial, we enrolled 25 patients who underwent subtotal abdominal hysterectomy (STAH), and 25 patients who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). All patients were followed for 24 months after surgery. Three, six, 12 and 24 months after the procedures, all variables were compared between these two groups.Results: The duration of operation (p=0.007), volume of bleeding (p=0.0007) and duration of hospital stay after surgery (p=0.03) were less in the STAH group than the TAH group. No complications were experienced during the operation, nor excessive post-operative pain or infection for either group. No significant differences were seen between the two groups with regard to dyspareunia, sexual satisfaction of the patients and their partners were. Spot bleeding in the STAH group was significantly more frequent than in the TAH group.Conclusion: TAH and STAH do not have significantly different outcomes with regard to sexual satisfaction and function and surgical complications."n 
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