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Modification of Dargent’s radical vaginal trachelectomy to facilitate ureteral dissection: description of technique
  1. Andrea Plaikner1,
  2. Anna Jacob1,
  3. Kathrin Siegler1,
  4. Achim Schneider2,
  5. Volker Ragosch3,
  6. Jana Barinoff4 and
  7. Christhardt Kohler1,5
  1. 1 Department of Special Operative and Oncologic Gynecology, Asklepios Klinik Altona, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  2. 2 Center for Dysplasia and Cytology, MVZ Fürstenbergkarree Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  3. 3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Asklepios-Clinic Hamburg-Altona, Asklepios Hospital Group, Hamburg, Germany
  4. 4 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sankt Gertrauden Krankenhaus GmbH, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  5. 5 Department of Gynecology, University of Cologne, Koln, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Plaikner, Department of Special Operative and Oncologic Gynecology, Asklepios Klinik Altona, 22763 Hamburg, Germany; an.plaikner{at}


Objective Radical vaginal trachelectomy is the fertility-preserving surgery for patients with early stage cervical cancer. However, it has not gained widespread approval by gynecologic oncologists because of difficulties in the dissection of the bladder pillars and identification of the ureter during the vaginal portion of the surgery.

Method We describe a modification of radical vaginal trachelectomy for easier dissection of the bladder pillar. Following pelvic lymphadenectomy, the vesicovaginal space is widely opened laparoscopically. After identification of the uterine arteries, one should proceed along the course of the arteries laterally and, thus, visualize the overcrossing of the artery with the ureter. The medial aspect of the supraureteric bladder pillar is transected and the ureter marked with vessel loops on both sides close to its entry into the bladder. The lateral portion of the supraureteric bladder pillar remains intact. During the vaginal part of radical vaginal trachelectomy, the ureter may be easily found by grasping the formerly placed vessel loop and dissection of the infraureteric bladder pillar may be done without risk of ureteral injury.

Results Between October 2018 and August 2019 our group has performed radical vaginal trachelectomy using this modified ureteral dissection in 12 patients. Median operation time was 239 min (range 127–290) and median blood loss was 25 mL (range 10–100). No intra- or post-operative urologic complication occurred. Median time to normal bladder function was 4 days (range 3–13).

Conclusion The vaginal portion of radical vaginal trachelectomy may be simplified using this technique, especially when difficult circumstances such as endometriosis, prior operations, or unusual anatomy in nulliparous women are encountered.

  • cervical cancer
  • gynecologic surgical procedures

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  • Contributors All authors have contributed substantially to the development of the technique, the design and writing of the manuscript, and data collection.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.