CONTENTS

LIST OF ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS

ABBREVIATIONS

INTRODUCTION

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

HISTORY OF HYSTERECTOMY ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES OF HYSTERECTOMY CHARACTERISTICS OF LAPAROSCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY COMPLICATIONS

AIMS OF THE PRESENT STUDY

MATERIALS AND METHODS

SUBJECTS
REGISTERS METHODS STATISTICS

RESULTS

LEARNING CURVE AND RESULTS OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN LAPAROSCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY
NATIONWIDE EXPERIENCE OF THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF LAPAROSCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY
TISSUE TRAUMA AND CLINICAL OUTCOME IN LAPAROSCOPIC VERSUS ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY
URINARY TRACT INJURIES AFTER HYSTERECTOMY IN FINLAND COMPLICATIONS OF LAPAROSCOPY IN FINLAND COMPLICATIONS OF LAPAROSCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY IN FINLAND

DISCUSSION

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

REFERENCES