Thirteen Years of Experience with Opportunistic Bilateral Salpingectomy During TLH in Low-Risk Premenopausal Women
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Opportunistic bilateral salpingectomy (OBS), also called as prophylactic salpingectomy or risk-reducing salpingectomy is the concurrent removal of the fallopian tubes in premenopausal women. Though there are some studies comparing the intraoperative complications and effect of salpingectomy on ovarian reserve, limited data are available on long-term follow-up after OBS.
Purpose of the Study
To evaluate the surgical outcome of routine bilateral salpingectomy during total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) in terms of intraoperative and postoperative complications. We also evaluated the incidence and reoperation rate for adnexal pathology after TLH.
A retrospective study of 1470 patients undergoing total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) with opportunistic bilateral salpingectomy (OBS) over 13 years was carried out at Paul’s Hospital.
The mean age of the subjects was 43.6 ± 4.2 years, mean body mass index was 27 ± 5.4 kg/m2, and median parity was 2 (range 0–7). 43% of women had at least one previous surgery. The most common indication for surgery was fibroid uterus (67%, n = 985). The total complication rate was 4.4% (n = 65). One specimen showed paratubal borderline serous malignancy. The follow-up period ranged from 6 months to 13 years during which 17 (1.1%) women had adnexal pathology, and eight women (1.1%) needed resurgery for it. No ovarian malignancies were reported on follow-up.
OBS is a simple and short surgical step during TLH without increasing morbidity. OBS eliminates the risk of future diseases of tubal origin, and there might be a possible reduction in incidence and reoperation rate for future ovarian pathologies.
KeywordsTotal laparoscopic hysterectomy Opportunistic bilateral salpingectomy Prophylactic salpingectomy Adnexal pathology Ovarian cancer
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.
Ethics Committee Approval
Written informed consent was obtained from the patients for publication. The retrospective observational nature of the study did not necessitate the local institutional ethics committee approval.
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