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STUDY OBJECTIVE To study intraoperative and postoperative complications of laparoscopic myomectomy and patients' characteristics influencing this risk. DESIGN Prospective study, with a review of the patient records by the first author (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). SETTING Four Italian referral centers. PATIENTS The incidence and type of(More)
OBJECTIVES Conflicting opinions about laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) are still present regarding indications and risks related to reproductive outcome. We reviewed our 13-year experience (1) to identify risk factors or changes in methods that have improved our myomectomy technique and (2) to evaluate how the learning curve and improved surgical devices(More)
Laparoscopic myomectomy is still a debated procedure and there are conflicting opinions regarding the recurrence rate. Laparoscopic myomectomy may present a higher risk of recurrence compared with abdominal myomectomy. The aim of this investigation was to analyse the recurrence rate of myomas after surgery. From January 1991 to June 1998, 165 myomectomies(More)
From 1991 to 1998, 29 patients desiring a pregnancy underwent laparoscopic myomectomy for symptomatic myomas measuring 5.4 +/- 3.6 cm (mean +/- SD) (median 5; range 1-9). The overall rate of intrauterine pregnancy was 65.5% (19 pregnancies; two patients had two pregnancies each). Results were analyzed in relation to different preoperative clinical(More)
PURPOSE To compare two different imaging modalities, magnetic resonance (MR), and three-dimensional sonography (3DUS), in order to evaluate the specific role in preoperative work-up of deep infiltrating endometriosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS 33 women with endometriosis underwent 3DUS and MR followed by surgical and histopathological investigations.(More)
To improve enucleation of uterine myomas, we designed a reusable 5-mm laparoscopic drill with a distal forked pin and locking system. Because the device is jointed, it can apply traction not only along its own axis, but also along planes, depending on its bending radius. We compared enucleation time for myomas 5 to 8 cm in size before and after introduction(More)
We have reported the experience of two referral laparoscopic gynecologic centers in Italy considering the results of almost 1000 laparoscopic myomectomies, including complication rate and fertility outcome. From January 1991 to December 2003, a total of 982 single or multiple laparoscopic myomectomies (LM) were performed. Indications were infertility,(More)
OBJECTIVES We conducted retrospective and prospective clinical studies at the Columbus Hospital of Rome to point out changes in choosing the route for performing hysterectomy; to evaluate the feasibility of vaginal hysterectomy (VH) and oophorectomy, even in commonly considered contraindications to the vaginal route; to describe a method of laparoscopic(More)
We would like to thank V. Celentano for the interesting letter on nerve-sparing surgery and urinary dysfunction after multimodality treatment for rectal cancer. Celentano writes that both sexual and urinary functions are dependent on dual autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) innervation, and damage to the preaortic nerve fibers and superior(More)