When is the Most Popular Procedure the One with the Worst Outcomes?

Issue Brief: Hysterectomies

There is a popular myth that laparoscopic surgery is always safer than regular surgery because it reduces the potential for wound infections and complications associated with longer lengths of stays. In many instances, that myth is validated. However, for this particular surgery, our analysis indicates the opposite is true. Data in this issue brief show laparoscopic surgeries yielding significantly higher costs of complications than regular surgery.