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Right diaphragmatic peritonectomy for ovarian carcinomatosis in 10 steps
  1. Martina Aida Angeles1,
  2. Carlos Martínez-Gómez1,2,
  3. Federico Migliorelli1,
  4. Elodie Chantalat1,
  5. Alejandra Martinez1,2 and
  6. Gwenael Ferron1
  1. 1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Institut Institut Claudius Regaud – IUCT-Oncopole, Toulouse, France
  2. 2 INSERM CRCT19, Toulouse, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gwenael Ferron, Surgical Oncology, Institut Universitaire du Cancer Toulouse Oncopole, Toulouse, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi, France; ferron.gwenael{at}

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Residual tumor after cytoreductive surgery has been demonstrated to be the most important prognostic factor of survival in patients with advanced ovarian cancer.1 Extended peritonectomy procedures following Sugarbaker principles are commonly used to achieve complete cytoreduction,2 with the supramesocolic compartment representing the most challenging part of cytoreductive surgery. Bulky diaphragm implants can preclude complete cytoreduction, especially when the pleura is involved. In contrast, pelvic disease is usually resectable, even in cases of frozen pelvis.3 For these reasons, peritonectomy of the right upper quadrant should be the first step to perform in debulking surgery; moreover, starting the surgery by right diaphragmatic peritonectomy and following the dissection in a clockwise direction facilitates the following steps. In this surgical video, we aim to standardize right diaphragmatic peritonectomy.

This video shows a right diaphragmatic peritonectomy in 10 consecutive steps (video 1). With a pedagogical purpose, we included multiple fragments of the surgeries of different patients with ovarian cancer and right diaphragmatic peritoneal carcinomatosis, evidenced either in preoperative CT or in previous diagnostic laparoscopy. The surgeries were carried out in a French Comprehensive Cancer Center by the same senior oncological surgeon.

video 1.

The surgical procedure was divided in the 10 following steps:

Step 1: Right parietal and ventral diaphragmatic peritoneal dissection

Step 2: Right colic mobilization

Step 3: Right gutter peritoneal dissection

Step 4: Section of the liver attachments

Step 5: Suprahepatic veins dissection

Step 6: Duodenopancreatic mobilization (Kocher maneuver)

Step 7: Morrison space dissection

Step 8: Left hypochondria liver mobilization

Step 9: Caudocranial diaphragmatic peritonectomy

Step 10: Diaphragmatic reconstruction and pneumothorax evacuation

To summarize, right diaphragmatic peritonectomy is a procedure regularly employed to obtain a complete debulking by gynecological oncologic surgeons. Right colic and hepatic mobilization are needed to achieve good exposure.3 As previously reported, standardization of surgical techniques improves understanding and the learning curve of training surgeons.4 We propose a novel approach following a clockwise dissection in the right upper abdominal quadrant to perform this procedure.



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  • Contributors MAA: Conceptualization, video editing, writing original draft. CM-G: Conceptualization, video editing, writing original draft. FM: Conceptualization, video editing, writing original draft. EC: Conceptualization, video editing, writing original draft. AM: Conceptualization, project administration, supervision, writing review. GF: Conceptualization, project administration, surgery and video recording, supervision, writing review.

  • Funding Martina Aida Angeles acknowledges the grant support from”la Caixa” Foundation, Barcelona (Spain), ID 100010434. The fellowship code is LCF/BQ/EU18/11650038. Carlos Martínez-Gómez acknowledges the grant support from Alfonso Martín Escudero Foundation, Madrid (Spain).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.