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Laparoscopic Management of the Ovarian Mass: A Practical Approach

WHITESIDE, JAMES L. MD*; KEUP, HEIDI L. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - pp 327-334
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181b089cb
Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic management of a benign ovarian mass is regarded as the best surgical approach in many cases. Although several studies have found this approach to be safe and effective, surgeon preparation, technical skill, and technique are critical to obtain good patient outcomes. The purpose of this article is to review the preparatory evaluation and surgical technique for laparoscopic removal of a benign adnexal mass, including cases complicated by pregnancy or obesity.

*Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology/Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

Correspondence: James L. Whiteside, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology/Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH. E-mail: James.L.Whiteside@Hitchcock.org

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.