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J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 1996 Aug;3(4, Supplement):S33-4.

Long-Term Outcome of Laparoscopic Adhesiolysis in Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain after Hysterectomy

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Stanford University Endoscopy Center for Training & Technology, 900 Welch Road, Suite 403, Palo Alto, CA 94304.


The management of severe small and large bowel adhesions in patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain after undergoing hysterectomy remains highly challenging. A cohort of 48 women (median age 41 yrs, range 26-59 yrs) with chronic pelvic pain had severe bowel adhesions. Forty-two had undergone a total abdominal hysterectomy (27 with bilateral, 7 with unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy), five a vaginal hysterectomy (4 with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy), and one a laparoscopic hysterectomy. After laparoscopic adhesiolysis, 23 patients were followed for up to 24 months, 23 for 48 to 60 months, and 2 were lost to follow-up. Three intraoperative complications (6.2%) were one ileus, which required a 2-day hospital admission, one pelvic abscess requiring readmission and second-look laparoscopy, and one episode of urinary retention requiring a 1-day readmission. Of the 23 women followed for more than 24 months, 11 (47.8%) required from one to three subsequent surgeries. Complete pain relief was reported by 10 (43.5%) women, 8 of whom did not require further surgery. Twelve (57.1%) of the 21 patients followed for 6 to 12 months reported complete pain relief. Laparoscopic adhesiolysis achieved complete pain relief in approximately half of the women.


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