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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2005 Apr 1;119(2):228-31.

Minilaparotomy hysterectomy: a valid option for the treatment of benign uterine pathologies.

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  • 1Department of Gynecology, Campus Biomedico University, Via Longoni, 83-00155 Rome, Italy.



To evaluate feasibility and outcome of minilaparotomy hysterectomy in a consecutive series of patients.


Cohort analytic study. From October 1995 to March 2001, 148 out of 228 (65%) consecutive hysterectomies for benign gynecologic disease were performed by an abdominal route. Minilaparotomy hysterectomy (transversal cutaneous incision < 10 cm, within the pubic hair) was attempted in all patients with benign uterine disease and contraindications for vaginal surgery. Surgical parameters were prospectively assessed in terms of length of incision, operative time, estimated blood loss, duration of ileus, perioperative complications and length of postoperative stay.


A minilaparotomic approach was performed in 118 patients (80%). Conversion to Pfannenstiel was necessary in three cases. The minilaparotomy incision, 8 cm (range 6-10) of median length, was performed below the pubic hair line. The median operating time was 50 min (range 34-88). No intraoperative complications or perioperative blood transfusions were reported, while minor postoperative complications occurred in 16 patients (14%). The median postoperative stay was three days (range 2-5).


The minilaparotomy hysterectomy is feasible in the majority of women undergoing hysterectomy for benign disease. Because of the excellent outcome achieved, it should be considered a valid alternative to the classic abdominal hysterectomy.

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