Hysterectomies made easier

Keyhole surgery should be the preferred standard of care for women needing a hysterectomy for endometrial cancer, an international clinical trial has shown.

The University of Queensland-led study found survival rates of patients with stage 1 endometrial cancer were almost identical for women who had the laparoscopic keyhole procedure, compared with open abdominal hysterectomy.

The findings also have implications for women requiring a hysterectomy for reasons other than cancer.

UQ’s Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research lead surgeon Professor Andreas Obermair headed the 12-year trial.