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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008;51(4):458-463.
Published online April 1, 2008.
Clinical efficacy on the use of colpotomy in laparoscopic myomectomy.
Dae Yong Ko, Seong Hee Kim, Jung Han Lee, Seung Ryong Kim
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. obgyleejh@hanyang.ac.kr
Recently, laparoscopic operations are widely used for the resection of uterine myomas and the method for extraction of resected tissue leiomyoma is chiefly used with the morcellator or minilaparotomy. We investigated the feasiblity of colpotomy for the extraction of myoma tissue in the laparoscopic myomectomy. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed from May 2004 to July 2007 after a review of the medical records of 75 patients who have undergone myomectomy utilizing colpotomy. The patients profiles characteristics included myoma size, operation time, amount of blood loss, and complications in the Hanyang University Guri Hospital. RESULTS: Seventy-five patients were involved. The mean age of the patients was 40.5 (27-53) years, multiparity was found in 55 (73%) patients, the mean weight of the myomas was 204.3 (30-890) gm, the mean operation time was 2.47 (1.1-5.8) hours, the mean decrement of hemoglobin was 2.98 (0.2-5.9) gm/dL, the number of patients that needed transfusion was 8 (10.6%) and the number of the cases experiencing complications was one (0.01%). CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that colpotomy for the extraction of myoma tissue in laparoscopic myomectomy is a safe procedure in aspects of risk and cosmetic outcome and on an individual basis, can be used as an alternative to the usage of morcellator or minilaparotomy.
Key Words: Laparoscopy, Myomectomy, Colpotomy

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