Laploop Supracervical Hysterectomy *

Article Conference CoverageFrom the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL)

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Ronald Levine, MD: I’m Doctor Ronald Levine, I’m director of GYN Endoscopy at the University of Louisville and this is my colleague, Doctor Resad Pasic who is the Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Louisville. We are doing a procedure called a laploop supracervical hysterectomy and we have been doing that at the University of Louisville for the last one-year. Dr. Pasic will describe what we do.

Resad Pasic, MD: One of the critical aspects of supracervical hysterectomy is detachment of the uterine corpus with the cervix. This can be performed either with an open unipolar scissors, a sharp dissection, or a unipolar scissors with electricity or a harmonic scalpel. All of these procedures are quite time-consuming and complex. We are using laploop unipolar cutting electrodes to detach the uterine corpus from the cervix. The electrode fits to a 10mm introducer and is passed into the abdominal cavity through a 10mm trocar. It is passed then around the cervix, it forms a loop and this loop or noose is tightened around the cervix and when we apply electricity, usually about 100 watts of cutting current, we can safely detach the uterus from the cervix. Thank you.

* Caution, Investigational Device Limited by Federal Law to Investigational Use. ACMI

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