Complications of transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: A series of 102 patients

Stephanie Wood, Lucian Panait, Andrew J. Duffy, Robert L. Bell, Kurt E. Roberts

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OBJECTIVE:: To review the complications encountered in our facility and in previously published studies of transvaginal (TV) natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) to date. BACKGROUND:: TV NOTES is currently observed with critical eyes from the surgical community, despite encouraging data to suggest improved short-term recovery and pain. METHODS:: All TV NOTES procedures performed in female patients between 18 and 65 years of age were included. The median follow-up was 90 days. The TV appendectomies and ventral hernia repairs were pure NOTES, through a SILS port in the vagina, whereas TV cholecystectomies were hybrid procedures with the addition of a 5-mm port in the umbilicus. RESULTS:: A total of 102 TV NOTES procedures, including 72 TV cholecystectomies, 24 TV appendectomies, and 6 TV ventral hernia repairs, were performed. The average age was 37 years old and body mass index was 29 kg/m. Three major and 7 minor complications occurred. The first major complication was a rectal injury during a TV access port insertion. The second major complication was an omental vessel bleed after a TV cholecystectomy. The third complication was an intra-abdominal abscess after a TV appendectomy. Seven minor complications were urinary retention (4), transient brachial plexus injury, dislodgement of an intrauterine device, and vaginal granulation tissue. CONCLUSIONS:: As techniques in TV surgery are adopted, inevitably, complications may occur due to the inherent learning curve. Laparoscopic instruments, although adaptable to TV approaches, have yet to be optimized. A high index of suspicion is necessary to identify complications and optimize outcomes for patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-749
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of surgery
Volume259
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery
Appendectomy
Cholecystectomy
Ventral Hernia
Herniorrhaphy
Arm Injuries
Abdominal Abscess
Umbilicus
Intrauterine Devices
Urinary Retention
Learning Curve
Granulation Tissue
Brachial Plexus
Vagina
Body Mass Index
Pain
Wounds and Injuries

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Complications of transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery : A series of 102 patients. / Wood, Stephanie; Panait, Lucian; Duffy, Andrew J.; Bell, Robert L.; Roberts, Kurt E.

In: Annals of surgery, Vol. 259, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 744-749.

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Wood, Stephanie ; Panait, Lucian ; Duffy, Andrew J. ; Bell, Robert L. ; Roberts, Kurt E. / Complications of transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery : A series of 102 patients. In: Annals of surgery. 2014 ; Vol. 259, No. 4. pp. 744-749.
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