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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2004 Aug 10;115(2):224-30.

The scope of vaginal hysterectomy.

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Breach Candy Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, India. silsal@bom2.vsnl.net.in

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study was designed to check the feasibility of the vaginal route as the primary route for hysterectomy.

STUDY DESIGN:

All patients in whom hysterectomy was indicated were first considered for vaginal hysterectomy unless this route was contraindicated. Vaginal hysterectomy (VH) was performed in 5655 patients, and in 90.4% of these no uterine prolapse was present. The operative intervention required, preconditions and any complications were carefully studied.

RESULTS:

Of the 6945 cases considered, vaginal hysterectomy was possible in 5655 (81%). Successful simultaneous prophylactic oophorectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy was possible, in 1510 of 1572 cases without laparoscopic assistance. The indications are carefully discussed, with a strong emphasis on examination under anaesthesia, preoperative total uterine volume and, if required, laparoscopic evaluation and surgeons' readiness to reduce the frequency of recourse to laparotomy or laparoscopic assistance.

CONCLUSION:

The vaginal route is the least invasive and most economical route for hysterectomy and should be the gynaecological surgeon's first choice. A uterus with a volume up to 300 cm3 or uterine size up to 12 weeks should be dealt with vaginally, and as surgeons become more experienced larger uteri and also the adnexa can be approached in the same manner, at least as trial vaginal hysterectomy.

PMID:
15262361
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejogrb.2004.02.016
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