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Presse Med. 1989 Sep 23;18(29):1431-3.

[Comparative study of Pfannenstiel's incision and transverse abdominal incision in gynecologic and obstetric surgery].

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Service de Gynécologie-Obstétrique, Hôpital Sud, CHU, Echirolles, Grenoble.


The ease of execution and the post-operative quality of 2 types of incision commonly performed in pelvic surgery were compared in a prospective randomised study: Pfannenstiel's incision was used in 59 patients and Mouchel's low transverse abdominal incision (LTA) in 60 patients. Results were evaluated 8 days and 3 months after the operation. There was no difference in immediate post-operative results between these two groups of patients. At the 3 month examination, hypoaesthesia of the skin was less frequent in patients who had been operated upon through the LTA incision. The authors conclude that the transmuscular incision is innocuous.

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