Abstract. Study Objective. To determine the length of procedure, length of hospital stay, complications, and postoperative pregnancy rates of traditional tubal anastomosis (TA) and laparoscopic-assisted TA (LATA). Design. A comparison of 8 women undergoing LATA with 11 patients operated on by the same surgeon during a similar time period who were not candidates for, or did not desire, a laparoscopic approach. Setting. Academic practice tertiary care setting. Patients. Women requesting reversal of tubal ligation. Interventions. Tubal anastomosis by laparoscopy or laparotomy. Measurements and Main Results. Patients undergoing the two procedures did not differ by age or parity, although those selected for LATA had a lower body mass index (23.2±1.4 vs 30.8±2.0 kg/m2, p=0.01). Although the LATA took longer (251±14 vs 194±10 min, p=0.004), hospital stay was significantly shorter than for traditional TA (1.8±0.3 vs 3.0±0.1 days, p=0.004). Of the eight LATAs, six were completed and two were converted to laparotomy. For all patients with follow-up, clinical pregnancy rates were 43% and 29% (NS) for TA and LATA, respectively, with 100% of the former and 80% (NS) of the latter group who did not conceive having at least one patent tube on hysterosalpingogram. Conclusions. Laparoscopic-assisted TA is a possible alternative to the traditional TA performed by laparotomy. Ideal candidates for LATA appear to be women without obesity and with proximal tubal segments of 3 cm or greater. Larger studies with longer follow-up will define appropriate candidates and identify long-term results.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists|
|State||Published - Aug 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology