Laparoscopic repair of bowel herniation into the space between the obturator nerve and the umbilical artery after pelvic lymphadenectomy for cervical cancer
Bowel herniation through the space between the exposed structures after pelvic lymphadenectomy is a very rare cause of postoperative bowel obstruction. Here, a case of laparoscopic release of bowel migration into the space after pelvic lymphadenectomy is described. This is the seventh such reported case in the world. A 38-year-old woman who had a history of undergoing laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy for cervical cancer was diagnosed with strangulated bowel obstruction. Emergency laparoscopic surgery was performed, and bowel migration into the space between the right umbilical artery and the obturator nerve was detected. The loop of strangulated bowel was released laparoscopically, and bowel blood flow was improved. To prevent recurrence of bowel migration, the umbilical artery was resected. It is very important to consider the possibility of bowel herniation into the space between exposed structures in patients with bowel obstruction after minimally invasive pelvic lymphadenectomy.