Background: Our aim was to assess surgical complaints and reproductive outcomes of laparoscopic intracapsular myomectomies by a prospective observational study run in University affiliated hospitals.
Methods: Between 2005 and 2010, 235 women underwent subserous and intramural laparoscopic myomectomy of fibroids (4-10 cm in diameter) for indications of pelvic pain, menstrual disorders, a large growing myoma or infertility. The main outcome measures were post-surgical parameters, including complications, the need for subsequent surgery or symptomatic relief, resumption of normal life and reproductive outcome.
Results: Pelvic pain occurred in 27%, menorrhagia or metorrhagia in 21%, a large growing myoma in 10% and infertility in 42% of women. Single fibroids occurred in 51.9% of patients while 48.1% had multiple myomas. Of all patients, 58.2% had subserosal and 41.8% had intramural myomas. No laparoscopies were converted to laparotomy. In 3 years, 1.2% of patients had a second laparoscopic myomectomy for recurrent fibroids. The mean total operative laparoscopic time was 84 min (range 25-126 min), with mean blood loss of 118 ± 27.9 ml. By 48 h after surgery, 86.3% were discharged with no major post-operative complications. No late complications, such as bleeding, urinary tract infections or bowel lesions, occurred. Of the women who underwent myomectomy for infertility, 74% finally conceived. At term, 32.9% of patients underwent Caesarean section, 24.8% delivered by vacuum extractor and 42.2% had spontaneous deliveries. No case of uterine rupture occurred.
Conclusions: Intracapsular subserous and intramural myomectomy saving the fibroid pseudocapsule showed few early and no late surgical complications, enhanced healing by preserving myometrial integrity and allowed a good fertility rate and delivery outcome. In young patients suffering fibroids, laparoscopic intracapsular myomectomy is a potential recommended surgical treatment.