Postoperative Risks for Hispanic Patients Undergoing Hysterectomy for Benign Indications

J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Mar 1. doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-01001-y. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Hispanic patients have previously been shown to have relatively lower odds of complication following hysterectomy compared with non-Hispanic white patients, but little is known about specific risks for this group. Our primary objective was to identify differences in proportions of specific complications experienced by Hispanic patients following hysterectomy for benign indications as compared with non-Hispanic white patients.

DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study examining differences in complication rates following benign hysterectomy between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white patients in NSQIP-participating hospitals from 2012 to 2016.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A total of 102,051 women were included. A total of 15.0% were Hispanic and 85.0% were non-Hispanic white. Hispanic patients were more likely to have class 1 or 2 obesity (59.7 vs 49.8%), diabetes (10.9 vs 6.7%), and anemia (hematocrit < 33: 14.1 vs 6.5%); p < 0.01 for all. Hispanic patients were more likely to undergo abdominal hysterectomy (30.0 vs 19.1%, p < 0.01) and to remain inpatient for 2-6 days (38.8 vs 24.0%, p < 0.01). After adjustment for possible confounders including anemia, an increased odds of requiring blood transfusion persisted only in the laparoscopic and vaginal groups. Hispanic patients had a decreased or equal odds for all other examined complications.

CONCLUSIONS: Compared with non-Hispanic white patients, Hispanic women had a higher odds of requiring blood transfusion even when undergoing minimally invasive laparoscopic and vaginal approaches to hysterectomy. Despite a higher proportion of open surgery, Hispanic patients had a decreased or equal odds of postoperative complications.

PMID:33646554 | DOI:10.1007/s40615-021-01001-y