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J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2013 Apr;35(4):329-33.

Survey on uterine closure and other techniques for Caesarean section among Quebec's obstetrician-gynaecologists.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City QC.

Abstract

in English, French

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the preferred types of uterine closure at Caesarean section among Quebec's obstetrician-gynaecologists.

METHODS:

An anonymous survey with multiple-choice and open questions was sent by email to all members of the Association des Obstétriciens-Gynécologues du Québec in clinical practice. The primary response of interest was the type of uterine closure that would be favoured for a primigravida undergoing an elective CS at term for a breech fetus. Secondary responses of interest included type of uterine closure for CS performed for other indications, and methods of closure for the bladder flap, parietal peritoneum, rectus abdominis muscle, subcutaneous tissue, and skin. Results were stratified according to the number of years in practice.

RESULTS:

Of 454 persons targeted, 176 (39%) responded. Responders were more likely to have fewer years in practice than the targeted population in general. The closures for a primigravida undergoing an elective CS at term for a breech presentation were, in order of preference: (1) a double-layer closure combining a first locked layer and an imbricating second layer (61%), (2) a double-layer closure combining a first unlocked layer and an imbricating second layer (28%), (3) a locked single layer (5%), (4) an unlocked single layer (5%), and (5) other techniques (1%). A locked single-layer closure was more frequently used for repeat CS (29%), and it was the favoured technique (40%) when tubal ligation was performed at the time of CS (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Double-layer closure is the type of uterine closure most preferred by obstetricians in Quebec. However, the first layer is locked by two thirds of obstetricians and unlocked by the remainder.

KEYWORDS:

Caesarean section; closure; pregnancy; surgery; survey; uterus

PMID:
23660040
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