Methods for specimen removal from the peritoneal cavity after laparoscopic excision
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 26–30, January 2013
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Methods for specimen removal from the peritoneal cavity after laparoscopic excision. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:26–30., , .
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUL 2012
- benign mass;
- Mini laparotomy (suprapubic, transumbilical, ancillary port-site) and posterior colpotomy are methods that have been used for the removal of specimens excised laparoscopically, with the use of morcellators and endoscopic bags growing in popularity in recent years.
- The size, cystic versus solid component and the risk of malignancy are essential factors influencing the route of specimen retrieval. The risk of spillage (especially in suspected early malignancy) has to be considered during excision and retrieval.
- Natural orifice transluminal endoscopy (NOTES) may be the operative and retrieval route of the future.
- To be aware of the different methods and routes of retrieving laparoscopically excised specimens.
- To be aware of the risks associated with each method and route.
- To review the factors that will influence the optimal choice of route and method.
- In the age of specialisation, a clinician who is not specially trained in operative laparoscopic surgery should not be practicing it. To minimise complications, the excision and retrieval of specimens via minimally invasive incisions should be limited to specially trained individuals.