Reverse Vesicouterine Fold Dissection for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy After Prior Cesarean Deliveries

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cesarean delivery adhesions, during laparoscopic hysterectomy, can present surgical challenges, including distortion of anatomy, prolonged operating time, and inadvertent injury to nearby structures.

TECHNIQUE:

At the time of laparoscopic hysterectomy, in patients with significant adhesions from prior cesarean deliveries, we use a reverse inferior to superior vesicouterine fold dissection to mobilize the scarred bladder. We use this as an alternative to the commonly practiced technique of mobilizing the bladder in a superior to inferior fashion at the time of laparoscopic hysterectomy.

EXPERIENCE:

Fifty-two patients with a median age of 42.5 years are presented. Forty-eight patients were discharged within 3–6 hours postoperatively. Sixteen patients were discharged with Foley catheters, because they were unable to void within the protocol for a fast-track discharge. The catheters were removed between postoperative days 1 and 5. There were no gastrointestinal or genitourinary complications. One patient experienced a delayed vaginal cuff abscess and bleeding, which were managed conservatively.

CONCLUSION:

Reverse vesicouterine fold dissection is a useful alternative technique for laparoscopic hysterectomy in women with a history of prior cesarean deliveries.

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