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Minerva Ginecologica 1999 December;51(12):475-82

language: Italian

A modified Stark's technique for cesarean section. A comparison of techniques

Grignaffini A., Bazzani F., Rinaldi M., Azzoni D., Vadora E.


Background. The evolution of surgical techniques for cesarean section have improved the neonatal outcome as well as maternal morbidity and mortality. Aim of this study is to compare the conventional technique with a personally modified Stark's technique, in order to evaluate its effectiveness.
Methods. A prospective study has been carried out on a group of patients submitted to cesarean section by two different teams. A conventional technique for cesarean section was performed by a team, while the other carried out a modified Stark's technique, at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the University of Parma from May 1997 to February 1998. A total of 105 cases underwent a modified Stark's technique, while 99 were submitted to cesarean section with the conventional technique. In order to get a better reliability of results, homogeneous cases for epidemiological characteristics and indications have been enrolled in the study. Statistical analysis was performed by using Student ''t''-test, c2 test and Wilcoxon test. The Stark's technique for cesarean section, modified by the Authors, is described.
Results. The parameters concerning surgical procedure, postoperative course and neonatal outcome showed statistically significant differences in favour of the modified Stark's technique.
Conclusions. The conclusion is drawn that this technique leads to a remarkable reduction of blood loss and urine bacteria. Surgical drainage was never required.

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