Retromesenteric para-aortic lymphadenectomy in gynecologic malignancy

C. Altgassen*, R. Bends, K. Kelling, D. Hornung, M. Friedrich, D. Salehin, K. Diedrich, A. Kavallaris

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In gynecologic oncology lymphadenectomy is of prognostic and therapeutic importance because recurrence-free time and survival depend on the metastatic involvement of lymph nodes. Lymphadenectomies are not performed to such an extent as they are indicated. This might be due to a laborious or problematic preparation. The authors therefore report their experience in a seldom taught preparation of the left para-aortic compartment in the form of a learning curve. Materials and Methods: To access the left para-aortic area, the descending colon is lifted to open the retroperitoneum along the line of Toldt. The mesentery of the descending colon was separated from the kidney along the fascia of Gerota by blunt preparation. Time was measured from the incision of the peritoneum until the renal vein was clearly visible. Results: The authors collected the data from the first 25 preparations. Mean duration for the left para-aortic preparation was 7.8 minutes compared to 5.9 minutes for the right side. Duration of preparation of the left area dropped from 11.0 minutes within the first patients (#1 to #5) to 3.8 minutes in the last patients (#20 to #25). No complications were observed in the study group linked to the retromesenteric approach described. Conclusion: Retromesenteric para-aortic lymphadenectomy is quick to learn. The authors needed 20 preparations to observe a significant drop in the time needed for preparation. Retromesenteric para-aortic lymphadenectomy offers an excellent overview that lightens lymphadenectomy and therefore reduces the risks for patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)574-578
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2012


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