Pretreatment transperitoneal laparoscopic staging pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy in large (> or = 5 cm) stage IB2 cervical carcinoma: report of a pilot study.

Twelve patients with large stage IB2 (5-8 cm) cervical carcinoma underwent transperitoneal laparoscopically directed pelvic and paraaortic lymph node dissection prior to the initiation of radiation therapy. The mean length of operation was 176 min and the mean estimated blood loss was 60 cc. An average of 25 lymph nodes were retrieved from each patient: 18… CONTINUE READING