- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS Largo A. Gemelli 8, Rome, ItalyInterests: laparoscopic; gynecologic oncology; surgery; laparoscopic surgery; minimally invasive surgerySpecial Issues and Topics in IMR Press journalsSpecial Issue in Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometrial Cancer
Hysterectomy represents one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with approximately 400,000 women undergoing the procedure per year. For decades, in addition to the vaginal approach, the laparotomy route has been the standard technique for malignant and benign conditions in gynecology. Recent evidence shows a trend toward increasing use of minimally invasive surgery for achieving optimal hysterectomy outcomes. Reaching equal medical effectiveness, the benefits of endoscopic procedures are primarily related to reduction in hospitalization, post-operative pain, and complications, and consequently a consistent improvement in the patient’s quality of life. Thus far, scientific developments in minimally invasive surgery have improved numerous aspects of the surgical procedure, importantly addressing invasiveness and maintaining the safety and feasibility of the laparoscopic approach. The reduction of instrument size and number of ports has led to the development of alternative techniques, such as the Single-port, Mini-laparoscopy and Percutaneous approaches.
In this Special Issue, we seek to highlight and describe the role of recent technical innovations in laparoscopic hysterectomy, aiming to provide current and useful information for the performance of hysterectomies with the latest insights in minimally invasive gynecological surgery.
Dr. Emanuele Perrone
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