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ISRN Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 989727, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/989727
Clinical Study

Lift-Assisted Laparoscopy in Hysterectomy: A Retrospective Study of 32 Consecutive Cases

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Nordfjord Hospital, 6770 Nordfjordeid, Norway

Received 14 August 2013; Accepted 19 September 2013

Academic Editors: F. Agresta and A. Tinelli

Copyright © 2013 Bo S. Bergström. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A large uterus is the most commonly reported obstacle to laparoscopic hysterectomy. It reduces the intra-abdominal free space, limits visualization and instrumentation, causes technical difficulties, and increases the potential for complications. The logical solution to this dilemma is to address the underlying problem and increase the intra-abdominal free space. This can be done readily by supplementing the conventional pneumoperitoneum by concurrent mechanical lifting of the abdominal wall using the camera trocar as an anchoring device. Such lift-assisted laparoscopy augments the intra-abdominal free space formation, and lifts the laparoscope to a higher position to give a panoramic view, even when the uterus is large. This retrospective study of 32 consecutive cases of laparoscopic hysterectomy indicates that the use of lift-assisted laparoscopy is safe for the patient and that a large uterus is not a contraindication. The operations were long, but complications were few. Lift-assisted laparoscopy is an option to improve patient care by modifying surgical procedures. Operating time, per se, is not a valid measure of quality in laparoscopic hysterectomy. The more traumatic abdominal hysterectomy procedures need not be selected in preference over lengthy minimally invasive techniques. Other techniques, such as solo surgery and in-office surgery, are also discussed.