Transvaginal laparoscopy: subtle lesions and infertility
Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2014;14(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03engordts002
Transvaginal laparoscopy is performed as a simple needle puncture technique of the pouch of Douglas in patients without an obvious pelvic pathology. An obliterated pouch of Douglas and acute situations such as bleeding and infections are contraindications. As a distension medium, a watery solution such as Ringer lactate is used. This keeps organs afloat. Without extra manipulation, ovaries and tubes can be inspected in their natural position. In absence of a high intra-abdominal pressure as in standard laparoscopy, subtle lesions are not masked but become clearly visible due to the watery distension medium. The transvaginal approach also provides easy access to perform a salpingoscopy and allows the detection of subtle tubal mucosal lesions. The technique allows early detection of peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis with the possibility of early treatment.