Major complications of operative and diagnostic laparoscopy for gynecologic disease

Peng Hui Wang, Wen Ling Lee, Chiou-Chung Yuan, Hsiang Tai Chao, Wei Ming Liu, Ken Jen Yu, Wen Ying Tsai, Kuan Chin Wang

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Study Objective. To compare complication rates of diagnostic and operative laparoscopy. Design. Retrospective study (Canadian Task Force classification 11-2). Setting. One medical center and three teaching hospitals. Patients. Six thousand four hundred fifty-one women with various indications for laparoscopic diagnosis and/or laparoscopic surgery from January 1994 through June 1999. Intervention. Diagnostic and operative laparoscopies. Measurements and Main Results. Forty-two major complications occurred that directly resulted in one death. One patient had stomach injury, 3 had major vessel injuries, 5 had ureter injuries, 10 had intestinal injuries, and 23 had bladder injuries. The overall complication rate for all laparoscopies was 0.65% (42/6451); however, it rose to 0.80% (39/4865) for operative laparoscopy compared with 0.19% for diagnostic laparoscopy (3/1586; p <0.001, Fisher's exact test). Conclusion. Laparoscopic surgery is appropriate for managing various gynecologic diseases and has an acceptable complication rate. However, operative laparoscopy should be performed carefully because its rate of complications is significantly higher than that of diagnostic laparoscopy, especially for laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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