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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-116

Measures for safe laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy: Preoperative contrast-enhanced computed tomography and perioperative ultrasonography

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yasushi Kotani
s377-2 Ohno-Higashi, Osaka-Sayama, Osaka 589-8511
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/GMIT.GMIT_1_20

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Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy is one of the most difficult laparoscopic surgical techniques. In this study, we report on our efforts to safely perform this procedure, which consists of suturing a piece of mesh onto the anterior longitudinal ligament using a nonabsorbent suture during mesh fixation onto the prepromontorium layer, which can lead to massive bleeding if a mistake is made, by performing preoperative and intraoperative image evaluation. Preoperative contrast-enhanced computed tomography was performed. Images in DICOM format were acquired, and three-dimensional vessel reconstruction was performed. After performing a peritoneal incision in the presacral area, ultrasonography was performed using a probe inserted through a 12-mm trocar into the abdominal cavity to re-confirm the absence of vessels near the planned suturing area. After ultrasonography, an Ethibond® suture was inserted through the anterior longitudinal ligament. In our hospital, 126 patients underwent the procedure, and none had a serious hemorrhage or required blood transfusion, indicating the safety of this modified procedure without separation of a wide presacral area. We believe that these techniques can be performed safely with minimal incision. However, we did not examine the efficacy of these techniques in this paper. Further studies are needed to determine whether this approach is suitable.

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