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Laparoscopic pelvic and lumbo-aortic lymphadenectomy and hysterectomy by total left lateral approach
  1. Catarina Castro Vieira1,
  2. Pauline Chauvet2,3,
  3. Feras Sendy2,3 and
  4. Nicolas Bourdel2,3
  1. 1 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  2. 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CHU Estaing Pôle Femmes et Enfants, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
  3. 3 Faculty of Medicine, Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catarina Castro Vieira, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hospital de Braga, Braga 4710-243, Portugal;{at}

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This video shows a complete left lateral laparoscopic surgical approach for the treatment of endometrial carcinoma in a patient with major pelvic adhesions due to previous surgeries.

In a French university tertiary care hospital, a 73-year-old patient presented with post-menopausal bleeding and was later diagnosed with a grade 3 serous endometrial carcinoma with suspected uterine serosa, cervix, and iliac and latero-aortic lymph node involvement. It was decided to perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, bilateral adnexectomy, and pelvic and lumbo-aortic lymphadenectomy.

Previous abdominal interventions, including colon resection because of a volvulus and the placement of two abdominal wall meshes for a midline hernia and a left Spiegel hernia, considerably augmented the risk of adhesions. For that reason, a retroperitoneal approach was considered.

A total left lateral laparoscopic approach, with placement of all four trocars on the left side of the abdomen (Figure 1), and total hysterectomy with bilateral adnexectomy, bilateral pelvic and lumbo-aortic lymphadenectomy until the level of the left renal artery were carried out, always maintaining the left retroperitoneal approach (Online Supplemental File 1).

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Image showing the placement of all four trocars on the left side of the abdomen.

Laparoscopy is possible for the treatment of endometrial carcinoma, even in the presence of major pelvic adhesions due to multiple previous abdominal surgeries.1 A retroperitoneal approach, classically used for lumbo-artic lymph node dissection, can also enable pelvic lymph node dissection and total hysterectomy.2

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  • Contributors NB was responsible for the recruitement of the patient and the conception and design of the study. CCV was responsible for data collection. All authors contributed to the data analysis and interpretation and manuscript preparation. Final approval of the study was made by NB.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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