An audit of hysterectomy at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria
Background: Hysterectomy is the most common gynaecological surgery performed worldwide. A surgical list for an obstetrician and gynaecologist is not complete without a hysterectomy. The exact burden and reasons for this is often not known as statistics and record keeping in our environment tends to be poor. The objective of this study was to ascertain the burden of this procedure at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in order to plan appropriately regarding channeling of scarce resources, research and advancement in areas where the need is highest.
Materials and Methods: This was a 6year retrospective observational study of 602 gynaecological surgeries performed.
Results: Hysterectomy was the most common gynaecological surgery; with uterine fibroid being the commonest
Conclusion: Hysterectomy should remain a focus for funding, in terms of acquisition of more skills particularly in the area of minimal access and tackling this burden to the general population.
Keywords: Hysterectomy, Jos, Indications, Nigeria