Tailoring radicality in demolitive surgery for deeply infiltrating endometriosis

Luigi Fedele, Stefano Bianchi, Giovanni Zanconato, Nicola Berlanda, Franco Borruto, Giada Frontino

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of standard extrafascial hysterectomy and tailored radical hysterectomy as a definitive treatment of recurrent deep endometriosis. Study design: This was a descriptive study that comprised 38 patients who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy between 1989 and 2002 for symptomatic recurrences of deep endometriosis, after ≥1 previous surgical procedures and ovarian suppressive medical treatments. After the operation, all of the patients were given transdermal estradiol. The minimum follow-up time was 24 months. Results: Twenty-six patients underwent standard extra-fascial hysterectomy (group A), and 12 patients underwent modified radical hysterectomy that included the removal of all deeply infiltrating endometriotic lesions (group B). The recurrence of pain caused by endometriosis occurred in 8 women (31%) of group A and in no patients of group B. Conclusion: Definitive surgery for deep endometriosis should include the removal of the uterus, adnexa, and all surgically accessible deep lesions. As a consequence, the surgeon must be familiar with radical pelvic surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Endometriosis
  • Radical hysterectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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