Demonstration of Safe Entry Techniques for Laparoscopy

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Study Objective: To demonstrate different techniques, and detail the considerations for obtaining primary laparoscopic access in gynecologic surgery. Design: Video demonstration of the techniques with narrated discussion of each method. Setting: The methods for primary entry in laparoscopy vary by location and technique [1,2]. There are inherent risks with any mode of primary entry, and the risks are also specific to each technique [3–6]. The choice for primary entry depends on the patient's anatomy, surgical history, pathology, and surgeon preference [1,2]. Interventions: This video reviews considerations for choosing the safest entry point and tips for proper entry technique [4,7–10]. The entry sites reviewed include the umbilicus, left upper quadrant, right upper quadrant, and supraumbilical [11]. The entry technique can be either open (Hasson), closed (Veress), or by direct laparoscopic visualization [9,10,12–14]. Conclusion: No single laparoscopic entry technique is superior [3]. The safest and most successful entry method will vary by case characteristics and surgeon training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Hasson
  • Left upper quadrant
  • Open laparoscopic access
  • Primary laparoscopic access
  • Veress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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