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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Jul;178:66-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.03.046. Epub 2014 Apr 13.

Steep Trendelenburg position during robotic sacrocolpopexy and heart rate variability.

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1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rambam Medical Center, Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Electronic address: l_lior@rambam.health.gov.il.
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rambam Medical Center, Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
3
Department of Anesthesiology, Rambam Medical Center, Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this study was to evaluate heart rate variability and hemodynamic parameters following steep Trendelenburg positioning during robotic sacrocolpopexy.

STUDY DESIGN:

For 19 women, median age 57 (range: 45-72), blood pressure and ECG were recorded during surgery. From the ECG signals interbeat intervals were used to assess heart rate variability, analyzed in time and frequency domains using the Fast Fourier transform. The low frequency and high frequency spectral bands were used to assess sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways respectively.

RESULTS:

All women underwent robotic supracervical hysterectomy and sacrocolpopexy. A statistically significant decrease in the mean values of the low-frequency and high-frequency spectral bands, representing sympathetic and parasympathetic activity, respectively were demonstrated 5min following Trendelenburg positioning of the patients (from 3.6±1.4 to 2.9±0.8ms(2)/Hz, and from 3.5±1.4 to 2.9±1ms(2)/Hz, P<0.05). These changes correlated with a mean 20% decrease in heart rate, which lasted for 30min, and with a second drop in sympathetic and parasympathetic activity and heart rate, commencing 2h from the start of surgery, and lasting until the end of the operation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Steep Tredelenburg positioning during robotic urogynecology surgery results in significant changes in the autonomic nervous system modulation of heart rate variability and in other hemodynamic parameters.

KEYWORDS:

Autonomic nervous system; Heart rate variability; Robotic surgery; Trendelenburg; Urogynecology

PMID:
24841646
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.03.046
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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