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J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2005 Jul-Aug;12(4):365-9.

One hundred cases of laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy using the PK and Lap Loop systems.

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  • 1Gynecology Department, Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington, Kent, United Kingdom. johnerian@aol.com

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the safety and short-term outcomes of laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy using the PK and Lap Loop systems.

DESIGN:

Prospective observational study (Canadian Task Force classification II-2).

SETTING:

Princess Royal University and Chelsfield Park Hospitals, Kent, UK.

PATIENTS:

One hundred women who underwent laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy for menorrhagia from February 2003 through July 2004.

INTERVENTION:

The procedure was performed using the Plasma Kinetic (PK) system to seal the vascular pedicles and the Lap Loop system to separate the uterus at the level of the internal os. The uterus was removed from the abdominal cavity mainly by morcellation or posterior colpotomy.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Of 100 patients, 59 were operated on as outpatients. Mean patient age was 44.6 years, median parity was 2, mean body mass index was 26.8, and mean duration of symptoms was 4 years. Clinically, the uterus was enlarged in 70 patients, and preoperative ultrasound scanning suggested the presence of uterine myomas in 42 patients. In addition to hysterectomy, 47 patients had concomitant pelvic surgery. The mean total operating time was 45.5 minutes, and mean estimated blood loss was 114 mL. The overall major complication rate was 2%; two patients required blood transfusion after surgery. There were no bowel or urinary tract injuries, unintended laparotomy, return to operating room, or anesthetic complications. At follow-up, all patients were satisfied with surgery.

CONCLUSION:

Laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy using the PK and Lap Loop systems for treatment of therapy-resistant menorrhagia is safe, can be performed as an outpatient procedure, and is associated with reduced operating time and high patient satisfaction.

PMID:
16036200
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