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Minerva Ginecologica 2001 October;53(5):307-12

language: Italian

Day-surgery operative hysteroscopy in loco-regional anesthesia

Cannì M., Gallia L., Fanzago E., Bocci F., Bertini U., Barbero M.


Background. Nowadays hysteroscopic surgery offers the opportunity of treating in Day Hospital even patients who cannot undergo a traditional surgery because of high anesthesiological risk. The aim of this study is to prove that minimal invasive hysteroscopic procedures in loco-regional anesthesia can replace laparotomic gynecological surgery in many intrauterine lesions with the same effectiveness on pain and outcome.
Methods. From September 1999 to December 2000 at the Obstetric and Gynecological Department in Asti 200 hysteroscopic procedures have been performed. The patients (all i.v. line inserted, ECG and pulsometer monitored, and sublingual BDZ sedated) were divided into two groups: a group of 50 patients who underwent operation on paracervical block alone, and the other one of 150 women on paracervical block plus periorificial infiltration of local anesthetic.
Results. Only one woman in the first group paracervical block was totally insufficient and she needed a general anesthesia. In the same group, 44% of paracervical blocks required an additional conscious sedation with Propofol and Fentanyl. In the second group only 16 % of cases required an additional sedation. In all cases outcome was very good with complete recovery of the patients dismissed the same afternoon.
Conclusions. In our experience operative hysteroscopies under loco-regional anesthesia with paracervical block and periorificial infiltration is a very satisfactory alternative to general anesthesia. Moreover the type of intrauterine lesion did not influence the tolerability of the operation.

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