IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 32 / Issue 5 / pii/1630980901501-1590541858

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research
Right colon laparoscopic resection with three-trocar access and associated gynecological procedures in patients with colorectal cancer and ovarian metastases
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1 Unit of General Surgery and Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgical Science, University Hospital of Parma
2 Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatology, University Hospital of Parma
3 Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Gynecology and Human Reproduction, University Hospital of Padua (Italy)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2011, 32(5), 509–512;
Published: 10 October 2011

Background: Right laparoscopic colectomy was introduced to colorectal surgery later than the left colon procedure. Three-trocar laparoscopy has already been used successfully in the treatment of gynecological cancers. In the present study, we aimed to analyze the feasibility of performing an associated gynecological procedure following abdominal laparoscopic exploration and to evaluate the suitability of laparoscopic right colectomy for treating elderly patients. Methods: We conducted a review of prospectively collected data on 100 consecutive patients who were treated with right laparoscopic colectomy using three trocars from January 2005 to April 2010. We recorded the patients’ age (<70 or >70 years), ASA status, body mass index (BMI), pain on postoperative days 1 and 2 (POD 1, 2), nodes retrieved, laparotomic conversion, mean operative time, time to intestinal recovery, and length of postoperative stay. Results: All subjects were treated for cancer. Conversion to the laparotomic procedure was performed in 13/100, with no difference in terms of age. Operative time was longer for laparotomic conversion (p < 0.05), with a longer postoperative stay. Elderly patients had higher ASA scores (p < 0.005); age did not influence the conversion rate or BMI status. Pain on POD 1 and 2 differed between the laparotomic and laparoscopic groups (p < 0.0001). Associated procedures were performed in five subjects (3 oophorectomy and 2 cholecystectomy). Conclusions: Laparoscopy using the three-trocar technique is a safe procedure for treating colon cancer, including in elderly patients, and enables associated gynecological laparoscopic procedures to be performed.
Colon cancer
Ovarian cancer
Laparoscopic colectomy
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