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2022-VA-1036-ESGO Protected laparoscopic large ovarian cyst aspiration – a five steps alternative to laparotomy
  1. Houssein El Hajj,
  2. Carlos Martinez Gomez,
  3. Adrien Boscher,
  4. Mathilde Duchatelet,
  5. Delphine Hudry,
  6. Eric Leblanc and
  7. Fabrice Narducci
  1. Gynecologic Oncology, Oscar Lambret Cancer Center, Lille, France


Introduction/Background In this video, we describe a five-step surgical technique allowing to safely incise and aspirate the content of large ovarian cysts through a single port laparoscopic incision. This allows performing laparoscopic oophorectomies instead of large xypho-pubic laparotomies.

Methodology A Stepwise demonstration of the technique

Results Ovarian masses, especially cysts, are common gynecological conditions. However, depending on their size, large adnexal cysts are usually managed with transverse or midline laparotomies. This is to prevent cyst ruptures and abdominal contamination and ensure the oncological safety of the procedure. Different leak-proof aspiration techniques were described in the literature allowing for safe large cyst aspiration and adnexectomy through a mini-laparotomy incision or via laparoscopy (2,3,6–10). We describe a five steps surgical technique allowing for closed aspiration of ovarian intracystic fluid and adnexectomy while respecting oncological safety.

Interventions Step 1: Perform diagnostic laparoscopy to rule out peritoneal carcinomatosis contraindicating this procedure then after cyst exposition, thoroughly dry the cyst wall.

Step 1 Bis: Cut the cuff of a sterile glove to prepare a 46 square piece of membrane

Step 2: Place a protective gauze, then apply the surgical glue to the ovarian cyst wall followed by the glove/membrane application. Perform a purse suture through the glove/membrane and the ovarian wall superficially to ensure further adhesion and prevent ovarian fluid spillage.

Step 3: Incise the ovarian wall then introduce the aspiration cannula and tighten the pursen suture to aspirate the cystic fluid.

Step 4: After aspiration is complete, tighten the suture and close the glove to guarantee a closed space and prevent abdominal contamination.

Step 5: Perform laparoscopic oophorectomy or cystectomy. Safely remove the specimen in an endoscopic retrieval bag through the trocar incision.

Conclusion This technique allows safe laparoscopic large ovarian cysts resections while respecting oncologic safety and preventing intraabdominal spillage and contamination.

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