Nerve-sparing minilaparoscopic versus conventional laparoscopic radical hysterectomy plus systematic pelvic lymphadenectomy in cervical cancer patients

Fabio Ghezzi, Antonella Cromi, Stefano Uccella, Giorgio Bogani, Davide Sturla, Maurizio Serati, Pierfrancesco Bolis

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Abstract

Aim. To present our preliminary experience with nerve-sparing minilaparoscopic radical hysterectomy plus pelvic lymphadenectomy for the surgical treatment of cervical cancer and to compare outcomes with those of the conventional laparoscopic approach. Methods. Data of 87 consecutive women who underwent minimally invasive surgery for early and locally advanced stage cervical cancer were prospectively collected. Ten women who underwent laparoscopic surgery using a nerve-sparing technique performed through 3-mm ancillary ports were compared with the 77 patients who had standard laparoscopic surgery previously with 3 sovrapubic 5-mm trocars. Results. Minilaparoscopic radical hysterectomy was successfully accomplished in every case with no conversion to standard laparoscopy or open surgery. Two (2.6%) conversions to open surgery occurred in the conventional laparoscopy group. Surgical characteristics (operative time, estimated blood loss, and length of stay) and complication rate were similar between the 2 groups. No differences in the amount of parametrial and vaginal tissue removed were observed. The number of lymph nodes retrieved through minilaparoscopy was higher than conventional laparoscopy (30 [range = 26-38] vs 22 [range = 8-49]; P =.002). However, no difference was observed when the analysis was restricted to the last 10 conventional procedures (30 [range = 26-38] vs 29 [range = 24-49]; P =.81). Conclusions. Our data show that minilaparoscopic radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy is a feasible procedure if performed by skilled surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-501
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical Innovation
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • cervical cancer
  • laparoscopy
  • minilaparoscopy
  • needlescopic surgery
  • nerve sparing
  • radical hysterectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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