No. 377-Hysterectomy for Benign Gynaecologic Indications

J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019 Apr;41(4):543-557. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.12.006.


Objective: To assist physicians performing gynaecologic surgery in decision making surrounding hysterectomy for benign indications.

Intended users: Physicians, including gynaecologists, obstetricians, family physicians, general surgeons, emergency medicine specialists; nurses, including registered nurses and nurse practitioners; medical trainees, including medical students, residents, and fellows; and all other health care providers.

Target population: Adult women (18 years and older) who will undergo hysterectomy for benign gynaecologic indications.

Options: The approach to hysterectomy and utility of concurrent surgical procedures are reviewed in this guideline.

Evidence: For this guideline relevant studies were searched in the PubMed, Medline, and Cochrane Library databases. The following MeSH search terms and their variations for the last 5 years (2012-2017) were used: vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, robotic hysterectomy, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy, standard vaginal hysterectomy, and total vaginal hysterectomy.

Validation methods: The content and recommendations were drafted and agreed upon by the principal authors and members of the Gynaecology Committee. The Board of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada approved the final draft for publication. The quality of evidence was rated using the criteria described in the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology framework (Tables 1 and 2). The Summary of Findings is available upon request.

Benefits, harms, and costs: Hysterectomy is common, yet surgical practice still varies widely among gynaecologic physicians. This guideline outlines preoperative and perioperative considerations to improve the quality of care for women undergoing benign gynaecologic surgery.

Guideline update: This Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada clinical practice guideline will be automatically reviewed 5 years after publication. However, authors can propose another review date if they feel that 5 years is too short/long based on their expert knowledge of the subject matter.

Sponsors: This guideline was developed with resources funded by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Summary statements: RECOMMENDATIONS.

Keywords: Hysterectomy; gynaecology; oophorectomy; quality; surgery.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Female
  • Gynecology
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / methods
  • Hysterectomy / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Uterine Diseases / surgery*