Modified approach for extraperitoneal laparoscopic staging for locally advanced cervical cancer

Antonio Gil-Moreno, A. Maffuz, B. Díaz-Feijoo, O. Puig, J. M. Martínez-Palones, A. Pérez, A. García, J. Xercavins

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Describe a modified approach to the technique for staging laparoscopic extraperitoneal aortic and common iliac lymph node dissection for locally advanced cervical cancer.Retrospective, nonrandomized clinical study. (Canadian Task Force classification II-2), setting in an acute-care, teaching hospital. Thirty-six patients with locally advanced cervical cancer underwent laparoscopic surgical staging via extraperitoneal approach with the conventional or the modified technique from August 2001 through September 2004. Clinical outcomes in 23 patients who were operated on with the conventional technique using index finger for first trocar entrance; 12 patients with the modified technique using direct trocar entrance, were compared. One patient was excluded due to peritoneal carcinomatosis. Technique, baseline characteristics, histopathologic variables and surgical outcome were measured. There were no significant differences in patients basal characteristics on comparative analysis between conventional and modified technique. With our proposed modified technique, we obtained a reduced surgical procedure duration and blood loss. The proposed modified surgical technique offers some advantages, is an easier approach because the parietal pelvic peritoneum is elastic and this helps to avoid its disruption at time of trocar insertion, size of incision is shorter, we achieved no CO2leak through the trocar orifice, and wound suture is fast and simple.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-458
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • Cervical cancer
  • Extraperitoneal laparoscopy
  • Extraperitoneal lymph node dissection


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