Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


Surgical technique for laparoscopic removal of bulky para-aortic nodes without repositioning surgical field during laparoscopic debulking for advanced ovarian cancer

A. Puppo 1, E. Olearo 1, M. Ceccaroni 2

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Croce e Carle, Cuneo, Italy
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, and Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, International School of Surgical Anatomy, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico IRCCS Sacro Cuore-Don Calabria Hospital, Negrar, Verona, Italy.


ovarian cancer, laparoscopy, para-aortic nodes

Published online: Jul 01 2022


Background: In the last years, laparoscopy has been progressively introduced in the management of advanced- stage ovarian cancer (AOC) not only to evaluate tumour resectability, but also to perform primary or interval minimally invasive debulking surgery in selected patients. During laparoscopic debulking for AOC, the need to change the surgical field to treat disease in the upper abdomen can be a time-consuming procedure.

Objective: To demonstrate feasibility, safety and effectiveness of laparoscopic approach to remove bulky para- aortic nodes in AOC with a 30-degree 3D-endoscope without repositioning the laparoscopic surgical field.

Materials and Methods: A 51-year-old woman was referred to our centre due to AOC with bulky para-aortic nodes (7 cm polylobate mass at CT-scan). The narrated surgical video article demonstrates the surgical steps for laparoscopic removal of bulky para-aortic nodes with a 30-degree 3D-endoscope, maintaining the vision from the upper abdomen perpendicular to the main axis of the vascular structures for the whole duration of the surgery (“top-bottom” view), without repositioning surgical field.

Main outcomes measured: Complete laparoscopic excision of disease was achieved.

Results: Post-operative course was uneventful. Patient recovered from surgery and was able to start adjuvant chemotherapy within 30 days from surgery.

Conclusions: Repositioning the surgical field to perform para-aortic dissection can be a time-consuming procedure during laparoscopic debulking for ovarian cancer. Laparoscopic removal of bulky para-aortic nodes with a 30-degree 3D-endoscope and “top-bottom view” is feasible, safe and effective

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