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J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2004 Nov;11(4):511-8.

Preliminary experience with robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical Center, L4000 Women's Hospital, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.


The following retrospective case series evaluated the technique and feasibility of integrating robot-assisted technology in the performance of a laparoscopic myomectomy in order to overcome the limitations of conventional laparoscopy. We attempted 35 robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomies in a university hospital setting with a conversion rate of 8.6%. There were a total of 48 myomas removed in 31 patients with completed robot-assisted laparoscopy. The mean number of myomas removed/patient was 1.6 (range 1-5). The mean diameter of myomas removed was 7.9 +/- 3.5 cm (95% CI 6.63-9.13), with the majority greater than 5 cm. The mean myoma weight was 223.2 +/- 244.1 g (95% CI 135.8-310.6). Mean operating time was 230.8 +/- 83 minutes (95% CI 201.6-260). The average estimated blood loss was 169 +/- 198.7 mL (95% CI 99.1-238.4). One patient experienced cardiogenic shock from vasopressin, two developed postoperative infections, and one was found to have adenomatous adenomyosis instead of a leiomyoma. The median length of hospital stay was 1 day. Overall, robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy is a promising new technique that may overcome many of the surgical limitations of conventional laparoscopy.

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