• Vol. 38 No. 2, 130–135
  • 15 February 2009

Laparoscopic Pelvic Surgery for Endometrial Cancer

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ABSTRACT

Introduction: The traditional approach for the treatment of endometrial cancer by laparotomy is increasingly being replaced by laparoscopic surgery. The advantages of laparoscopy have been well-documented. Laparoscopy avoids the morbidity of a laparotomy, overcomes the limitations of vaginal hysterectomy, provides adequate pathological information for an accurate surgical staging and expedites the postoperative recovery of patients. This paper reports the outcome of a series of 50 consecutive cases of laparoscopic hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancers that were performed by the author. The objective is to review the perioperative, postoperative experience and survival outcomes of patients with endometrial cancer managed by laparoscopic surgery performed by a single surgeon. Materials and Methods: The records of 50 consecutive patients with endometrial cancers from October 1995 to October 2007 treated by laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy and laparoscopic hysterectomy (total and assisted) were retrospectively reviewed. Data on patients’ attributes, endometrial cancers, surgical procedures, surgical complications and morbidity, perioperative experience, length of hospital stays and clinical outcome were analysed. Results: Laparoscopic surgery was successful in all 50 patients and is clearly an option for the treatment of early endometrial cancer. Conclusion: Careful patient selection and surgical competency are instrumental in ensuring successful treatment.


The traditional approach for the treatment of endometrial cancer by laparotomy is increasingly being replaced by laparoscopic surgery.1 Like laparotomy, operative laparoscopy can accomplish the full surgical procedures, which include doing a complete intraperitoneal survey, obtaining peritoneal washings, removing of the adnexae and performing pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy and total hysterectomy.

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