Variability between individual surgeons in route of hysterectomy for patients with endometrial cancer in Florida

Aakriti R. Carrubba, Osayande Osagiede, Aaron C. Spaulding, Jordan J. Cochuyt, David O. Hodge, Matthew W. Robertson, Christopher C. DeStephano

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Objectives: Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) was designated as a quality measure for endometrial cancer in 2014. However, national database analyses demonstrate that laparotomy is still performed for this indication. This study aims to assess the route of hysterectomy performed by gynecologic surgeons who manage endometrial cancer in the state of Florida. Materials and methods: All patients in Florida who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer (both ICD-9 Code 182.0 and ICD-10 Code C54.10), and who received a related surgical procedure from 2014 to 2016 were included. Eligible patients were identified using the Florida Inpatient Discharge Dataset, the Florida Ambulatory and Emergency Discharge Dataset, the Hospital Compare dataset, and the Healthcare Cost Report Information System. The primary surgeon was identified using their national provider identifier (NPI) number. Each surgeon's overall operative volume, MIS volume, and percentage of MIS procedures were collected. Results: Hysterectomy for endometrial cancer was performed in 6086 patients; 4959 (81.5%) underwent MIS and 1127 (18.5%) had an abdominal approach. Hysterectomy for endometrial cancer was performed by 368 providers in Florida (range of 2–244 surgeries). The percentage of MIS to total hysterectomies for providers who performed 1–10 cases was 72.1%; 11–25 cases was 40.9%; 26–100 cases was 80.1%; and more than 100 cases was 86.1%. Variation in operative route exists amongst low- and high-volume providers. Conclusions: Statewide databases can be used to identify surgical trends for policy purposes. These findings support the referral of patients with endometrial cancer to surgeons with high MIS volumes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Oncology
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Endometrial cancer
  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy
  • Provider disparity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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