MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGIC PROCEDURES: Edited by Matthew T. Siedhoff and Nisse V. ClarkCost-effective minimally invasive gynecologic surgery: emphasizing surgical efficiencyMisal, Meenal; Delara, Ritchie; Wasson, Megan N.Author Information Department of Gynecology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, USA Correspondence to Meenal Misal, MD, Department of Gynecology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA. Tel: +1 (480) 342-0612; e-mail: email@example.com Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: August 2020 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 243-247 doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000636 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The United States has the highest healthcare costs among developed countries. This review evaluates surgical practices and equipment choices during endoscopic hysterectomy, highlighting opportunities for the gynecologic surgeon to reduce costs and maximize surgical efficiency. Recent findings There are opportunities to economize at every step of the endoscopic hysterectomy. When surgeons are provided education about instrumentation costs, the cost of hysterectomy has been shown to decrease. Colpotomy has been found to be the rate-limiting step in laparoscopic hysterectomy; use of a uterine manipulator likely saves time and money. When evaluating the economic impact of route of surgery, the cost differential between laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hysterectomy has decreased. Robotic-assisted hysterectomy may be more cost-effective in some cases, such as for larger uteri. From a systems-level perspective, dedicating a specific operating room team to the gynecology service can decrease operative time. Summary The gynecologic surgeon is best equipped to control surgery-related costs by making choices that improve surgical efficiency and decrease operating room time. If a costlier piece of equipment leads to a more efficient case, the choice may be more cost-effective. There are multiple systems-level changes that can be implemented to decrease surgery-related costs. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.