Nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy in cervical cancer: Evolution of concepts

Francesco Raspagliesi, Antonino Ditto, Francesco Hanozet, Fabio Martinelli, Eugenio Solima, Flavia Zanaboni, Shigeki Kusamura, Rosanna Fontanelli

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Objectives.: This paper reviews the evolution of concepts concerning the nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy (NSRH) in cervical cancer. Methods.: Research studies published between 1991 and 2006 were reviewed. Results.: Significant progress has been made in understanding the neuroanatomy and the neurophysiology of autonomic pelvic plexus. The ideal surgical management of cervical cancer patients should be tailored on the basis of prognostic factors and quality of life. Within the discussion concerning the optimal level of radicality of hysterectomy, which is still controversial, the new concept of NSRH has to be considered in order to reduce morbidity without compromising the oncological disease control. Surgical strategies have been developed to spare the autonomic functions with promising results. Conclusions.: To date, there is a growing body of data about NSRH in cervical cancer. However, there is not yet a consensus concerning to which part of uterine support ligaments a NS approach should be directed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number1 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Nerve-sparing techniques
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Surgical oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology


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