Closed entry technique for the laparoscopic management of adnexal mass during pregnancy

Alejandro Correa-Paris, Elena Suárez-Salvador, Antonia Gomar Crespo, Oriol Puig Puig, Jordi Xercavins, Antonio Gil-Moreno

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Management of adnexal masses during pregnancy is challenging for most gynecologists. When surgery is needed, a minimally invasive approach should be preferred. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the closed entry technique for laparoscopic management of adnexal masses during pregnancy. We reviewed clinical records and videos of laparoscopic procedures performed during pregnancy. Seventeen pregnant patients with diagnosis of adnexal mass that required surgery underwent laparoscopic surgery using the closed entry or Veress technique. We searched for complications related to surgery and obstetrical and perinatal outcomes. Median gestational age at the moment of surgery was 17 weeks (range, 6-30+4 weeks). A total of 18 interventions were performed: 12 salpingo-oophorectomies, 3 cystectomies, 1 salpingectomy, and 2 ovarian detorsions. There were no major operative or entry-related complications. Median hospital stay was 2 days (range, 1-5). Perinatal outcomes were as follows: four preterm births (all of them induced), nine full-term deliveries, one early pregnancy loss at 7 weeks, one miscarriage at 18 weeks, and two ongoing uncomplicated pregnancies. Laparoscopic approach using closed entry technique with an individual selection of the puncture site is safe in the management of adnexal masses that require surgery during pregnancy. In our experience, the Veress technique is more versatile as it gives the surgeon more freedom to choose the location of the first trocar in patients with important space limitations due to the size of the adnexal mass and/or the enlarged gravid uterus. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
JournalGynecological Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Adnexal mass
  • Closed entry technique
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Veress needle technique


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