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The cost-effectiveness analysis of laparoscopic treatment of ectopic pregnancy: a single-center review of a five-year experience
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai
2 School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai; 3Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2014 , 41(1), 24–27; https://doi.org/10.12891/ceog15212014
Published: 10 February 2014
Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic treatment for ectopic pregnancy by comparing the medical expenses and time of hospitalization of laparoscopic and open surgery for ectopic pregnancy in partial area of Shanghai, China. Materials and Methods: Clinical data of 762 cases with ectopic pregnancy undergoing surgical treatment (307 cases for laparoscopic surgery and 455 cases for open surgery) were analyzed retrospectively. The clinical information including the medical expenses and time of hospitalization was compared. The patients were divided into three groups according to the treatments of different lesions (lesions resection, conservative laparotomy, and exploration group) and were analyzed. Results: The total hospitalization expenses and the top three single costs including surgery, exams, and medicine expenses were higher in laparoscopic group than in open surgery group. There was no significant difference between the two groups on the total time of hospitalization. The hospital days of preoperation were higher but the postoperative hospital days were lower in laparoscopic group than in open surgery group. Compared with the open surgery treatment, the hospitalization expenses of laparoscopic treatment for ectopic pregnancy increased. There was no significant difference on the total hospitalization days. Conclusion: The preoperative waiting period of inpatients increased and the post-operative hospital days reduced in laparoscopic group.