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Minerva Ginecologica 2009 February;61(1):35-43


language: Italian

The role of laparoscopy in ovarian carcinoma

Angioli R. 1, Muzii L. 1, Battista C. 1, Terranova C. 1, Oronzi I. 2, Sereni M. I. 1, De Oronzo M. A. 1, Damiani P. 1, Collettini F. 1, Graziano M. 2, Benedetti Panici P. 2

1 Dipartimento di Ostetricia e Ginecologia Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Roma, Italia 2 Dipartimento di Ostetricia e Ginecologia Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italia


The role of minimally invasive surgery in the management of gynecologic cancers is continuously expanding. Although few trials have focused on the safety of laparoscopy in oncology, laparoscopy is now widely used for most gynecological malignancies. Laparoscopy is widely used to manage benign ovarian masses, but its role in managing ovarian cancer still needs to be defined. The role of laparoscopy in ovarian cancer surgery may be divided into three following categories: 1) laparoscopic staging of apparent early ovarian cancer; 2) laparoscopic assessment of disease extent and potential for resectability; 3) laparoscopic reassessment, or second-look operation, or rule out recurrence. Laparoscopic approach has shown several advantages like a reduction in operating time, blood loss, hospital stay, and total hospital charges. The limitations of laparoscopic practice include inadequate port-site metastasis, tumour dissemination due to cyst rupture and incomplete staging. In addition, there were limitations in performing extensive laparoscopic sampling of areas of tumor persistence including retroperitoneal lymph nodes. In literature there are no randomized studies assessing the use of laparoscopy in the management of ovarian cancer. Moreover, most of the studies in literature comparing laparoscopy and laparotomy are carried out by surgeons specialized in one of two approaches, so that the results can not be compared.

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