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Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun;51(2):217-21. doi: 10.1016/j.tjog.2012.04.009.

Hysterectomy via transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES): feasibility of an innovative approach.

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Division of Gynecologic Endoscopy, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou, Chang Gung University School of Medicine, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the feasibility and safety of performing a hysterectomy using the transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

From May through December 2010, 16 patients with benign uterine diseases who were eligible for laparoscopic hysterectomy were recruited to undergo transvaginal NOTES at a tertiary referral medical center. Intraoperative and postoperative surgical outcomes were measured.

RESULTS:

All of the included hysterectomies were completed via transvaginal NOTES without conversion to conventional laparoscopy. The mean (± standard error of mean (SEM)) uterine weight was 538.8±102.9 g, the mean operative time was 122.7±17.6 minutes, and the mean blood loss was 379.4±95.4 mL. The mean postoperative hospital stay was 2.8±0.2 days. No intraoperative or postoperative complications were noted in this series.

CONCLUSION:

Hysterectomy for the treatment of benign diseases can be feasibly carried out via transvaginal NOTES. However, prospective studies are needed to determine its full clinical applications.

PMID:
22795097
DOI:
10.1016/j.tjog.2012.04.009
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