Concomitant Use of Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation with Hysteroscopic Myomectomy for Large, Multi-Fibroid Uterus

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J Minimally Invasive Gynecol


Study Objective: To discuss the combination of minimally invasive myomectomy techniques for large multi-fibroid uteri to ensure resolution of all associated symptoms.

Design: Case Study. Setting: Suburban hospital, Michigan.

Patients or Participants: 37-year-old Caucasian G2P1011. Interventions: 1. Hysteroscopic resectoscope of submucosal fibroid (TruClear) 2. Ultrasound guided laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (Acessa system) of intramural, subserosal, and broad ligament fibroids.

Measurements and Main Results: Patient presented with a longstanding history of a bulky, multi-fibroid uterus. Her symptoms included menorrhagia (resulting in anemia), lower abdominal pressure, cramping and back pain. Two prior gynecologists had recommended open hysterectomy given that she had completed childbearing, however she desired uterine conserving surgery. Physical exam revealed a BMI of 24 and a 20-week multi-fibroid uterus. Previous ultrasound noted a multi-fibroid uterus measuring 19 × 14.1 × 8.3 cm and pre-operative MRI demonstrated the largest intramural fibroid to measure 10.9 × 9.1 × 9.2 cm in the posterior lower uterine segment. A pedunculated submucosal (type 0) fibroid was also identified with significant distortion of the endometrial cavity. She elected to proceed with laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation with ultrasound guidance for the type 4-8 fibroids with concurrent mechanical resection of her submucous fibroid. The procedure was performed without complication and the total operative time was less than 2.5 hours. She was discharged from recovery in good condition. At 6-month follow-up, she noted significant reduction in pain, pressure and cramping, with almost complete resolution of menorrhagia.

Conclusion: Uterine sparing concomitant multi-modality surgery can be considered for patients presenting with large fibroids, including those with submucosal fibroids as a cause for their symptoms. Laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation combined with hysteroscopic resection, even for fibroids larger than 8 cm, can provide dramatic relief of menorrhagia, bulk and pain symptoms.





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