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. Mar-Apr 2018;25(3):386-387.
doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2017.09.017. Epub 2017 Sep 28.

Laparoscopic Transperitoneal Para-Aortic Lymphadenectomy in 10 Steps


Laparoscopic Transperitoneal Para-Aortic Lymphadenectomy in 10 Steps

Camille Martel-Billard et al. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. .


Study objective: Laparoscopic transperitoneal lymphadenectomy has a few advantages. First, it is a minimally invasive approach, and the transperitoneal approach is also the best option when intra-abdominal surgery is indicated. Although the procedure was described more than 2 decades ago, there is a lack of diffusion of the technique. The main objective of this video is standardization and a simple description of the technique. We described this procedure in 10 logical steps, which should help to understand and perform this procedure.

Methods: This video presents a systematic approach to transperitoneal lumboaortic lymphadenectomy, which is clearly divided in 10 steps ordered in a counterclockwise direction.

Results: The 10 steps are as follows: step 1, retroperitoneal access; step 2, creating a space for subsequent lymphadenectomy and identification of anatomic landmarks; step 3, left common iliac lymph node dissection; step 4, right common iliac lymph node dissection; step 5, presacral lymph node dissection; step 6, lateroaortal lymph node dissection; step 7, laterocaval lymph node dissection; step 8, aortocaval lymph node dissection; step 9, vaginal extraction of bags with specimens; and step 10, vaginal suture.

Conclusions: Laparoscopic transperitoneal access to lumboaortic lymph nodes is an effective method of lymphadenectomy, which may bring benefits to a patient and physician. The presented 10 steps help to perform each part of surgery in a logical sequence, making the procedure ergonomic and easier to adopt and learn. Standardization of laparoscopic techniques could help to reduce the learning curve.

Keywords: Laparoscopy; Lumboaortic transperitoneal lymphadenectomy; Procedure standardization; Surgical technique.

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