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Surgical and Oncological Outcome of Total Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy in Obese Women With Early-Stage Cervical Cancer
  1. Esther Louise Moss, MSc, PhD, MRCOG,
  2. Janos Balega, MD,
  3. Kiong K. Chan, FRCOG, FRCS and
  4. Kavita Singh, MD, MRCOG
  1. Pan-Birmingham Gynaecological Cancer Centre, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Kavita Singh, MD, MRCOG, Pan-Birmingham Gynaecological Cancer Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH, United Kingdom. E-mail: kavitasingh{at}


Objective To evaluate the clinical experience of the total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy (TLRH) for the surgical management of cervical cancer in obese (body mass index [BMI] >30 kg/m2) and nonobese (BMI <30 kg/m2) women.

Methods Data were collected prospectively on intraoperative and postoperative parameters and complications for all women undergoing a TLRH for cervical cancer. Patients were classified as obese, BMI >30 kg/m2, or nonobese, BMI <30 kg/m2. Assessment of surgical radicality was made by comparing the excision specimens in the 2 groups with a cohort of open radical hysterectomy cases performed before the introduction of the TLRH.

Results A total of 58 women underwent a TLRH; 15 (25.9%) were obese and 43 (74.1%) were in the nonobese group. There was no significant difference in intraoperative blood loss or median duration of surgery between the obese and nonobese groups. The median hospital stay in both groups was 3 days (range, 2–13 days). Four cases were converted to laparotomy (7%); all were in the nonobese group. Postoperatively, 3 patients developed ischemic ureterovaginal fistulae (5%) between days 5 and 7 after surgery; all were in the nonobese group. There was no significant difference in the parametrial length, maximum vaginal cuff length, and number of lymph nodes excised between the 2 groups. To date, there has been one recurrence during the median follow-up period of 19 months (range, 3–42 months). She belonged to the nonobese group.

Conclusions The TLRH is a surgically safe procedure for early-stage cervical cancer. Obesity did not adversely affect the performance of TLRH or the radicality of the excision. In obese women, TLRH should be the favored route of surgery for all women who require a radical hysterectomy owing to its favorable perioperative outcome and short hospital stay.

  • Cervical cancer
  • Total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy
  • TLRH
  • Obesity

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  • The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.