A Laparoendoscopic Single-site Surgical Approach to Laparoscopic Salpingectomy

Stacey A. Scheib

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Study Objective To demonstrate a laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) surgical approach to salpingectomy. Design A technical video showing step-by-step a LESS surgical approach to salpingectomy (Canadian Task Force classification level III). Institutional review board approval was not required for this study. Setting Of all gynecologic cancer types, ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women [1,2]. The leading theory of epithelial ovarian carcinogenesis indicates that serous, endometrioid, and clear cell ovarian carcinomas originated from the fallopian tube and endometrium and not directly from the ovary itself [1-10]. This has led to the use of prophylactic salpingectomy as a theoretical form of ovarian cancer risk reduction at the time of hysterectomy or as a means of tubal sterilization. Prophylactic salpingectomy does not appear to increase the risk of complications and appears to be safe [2]. Ovarian function does not seem to be compromised by salpingectomy based on serum markers or response rates with in vitro fertilization [11-16]. A LESS approach may reduce the morbidity associated with the placement of multiple ports and can improve cosmetic outcomes. Prophylactic LESS bilateral salpingo-oohorectomy was shown to be feasible and safe for high-risk patients for ovarian cancer [17]. Interventions Laparoscopic salpingectomy at the time of hysterectomy or as a means of tubal sterilization using the LESS technique. Conclusion This is a simple and reproducible technique for preventing major complications associated with LESS salpingectomy. This approach permits easier specimen retrieval because of the large solitary incision that is made. There is a significant improvement in cosmetic satisfaction when compared with a traditional laparoscopic approach in the setting of prophylactic risk reduction surgery [18].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-327
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Laparoendoscopic single-site surgical approach
  • Salpingectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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