Table of Contents
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 61-70

Laparoscopic and Other Intrafascial Hysterectomy Techniques or Mucosal Ablation—A Choice for Maximum Organ Conservation

Universitäts-Frauenklinik und Michaelis-Hebammenschule Kiel, Michaelisstr. 16, Kiel D-24105, Germany

Received 31 December 1994; Accepted 18 May 1995

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The operative methods of total uterine mucosal ablation (TUMA) as well as new abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy techniques are described. Classic intrafascial serrated edged macro-morcellator (SEMM) hysterectomy (CISH) by pelviscopy or laparotomy and intrafascial vaginal hysterectomy (IVH) are techniques that allow the nerve and the blood supply of the pelvic floor to remain intact, mainly because only the ascending branches of the uterine arteries are ligated. TUMA avoids the removal of the uterus altogether and is reserved for hypermenorrhea or menorrhagia without major enlargement of the uterus. Both CISH and IVH reduce the physical trauma of hysterectomy considerably and have the advantages of the supravaginal technique. Prophylaxis against cervical stump carcinoma is assured by coring out the cervix with the SEMM. In patients in whom both procedures are possible, IVH is preferred because it combines the minimal trauma and short operative time of vaginal hysterectomy. The decreased diameter of the cervix after coring out greatly simplifies this type of vaginal hysterectomy, the technique that has always been favored because of its short operative times and minimal trauma.