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  • 2012-11-09

Transumbilical single incision laparoscopic left ovariectomy

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2012;12(11). URL:
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Background: Transumbilical single incision laparoscopy has been reported to be a feasible and safe procedure to treat gynecologic diseases. This video presents a left ovariectomy performed in a patient with a symptomatic giant ovarian cyst. Clinical case: A 56-year-old female with a body mass index of 20.5 kg/m2, was consulted for abdominal pain localized in the left iliac fossa. Preoperative work-up showed a left ovarian cyst of 12cm in diameter. The cyst appeared to be round, with smooth walls, homogenic liquid, and without intracystic proliferations. The procedure was performed using an 11mm reusable port for a 10mm, 30-degree standard length scope, and curved reusable instruments according to Dapri (Karl Storz Endoskope). The specimen was extracted through the umbilicus in a custom-made plastic bag. Results: No conversion to open surgery nor additional ports were necessary. The laparoscopy lasted 37 minutes and the final umbilical incision length was 15mm. Pathological data revealed a serous cystadenoma. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 1. At 7-month follow-up, no late complications were found and the patient was asymptomatic. Conclusions: Transumbilical single incision laparoscopy is beneficial for gynecologic diseases and this technique allow for a final scar of minimal size. The cost of the procedure is similar to that of multi-port laparoscopy.