Laparoscopic myomectomy for infertile patients with intramural fibroids : a retrospective study at a tertiary endoscopic centre

Lourens, Renardo J. ; Siebert, T. I. ; Kruger, T. F. ; Van der Merwe, J. P. (2011-09)

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Background. The safety of laparoscopic myomectomy has been questioned, especially in the case of fibroids. Objectives. To assess the safety of laparoscopic myomectomy for intramural fibroids and study the subsequent effect on fertility. Methods and settings. A retrospective study of a tertiary endoscopic centre specialising in laparoscopic myomectomy. Results. Eighty-seven patients were studied, and there were no major complications. The conversion rate from laparoscopy to laparotomy was 3.4% (3/87), in all cases due to multiple fibroids. There was 1 case of uterine perforation during hysteroscopy. The overall pregnancy rate was 29/64 (45.3%), with a spontaneous pregnancy rate of 18/29 (62.0%). Conclusions. Laparoscopic myomectomy can be regarded as a safe alternative to abdominal myomectomy in the hands of the experienced surgeon, resulting in good subsequent pregnancy rates.

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