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Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologic Laparoscopy

BROACH, AMY N. MD*; MANSURIA, SUKETU M. MD*; SANFILIPPO, JOSEPH S. MD, MBA

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - pp 380-389
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181b0bf04
Laparoscopic Surgery

Minimally invasive techniques to treat children and adolescents requiring surgery have increasingly become standard of care. Similarly, gynecologists frequently use laparoscopy to treat pelvic pathology. We present the necessary equipment and surgical techniques required to perform gynecologic procedures on the pediatric and adolescent population. We will give particular focus to the treatment of adnexal masses, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, and ovarian torsion. We will also discuss the role of the incidental appendectomy in children and adolescents.

Divisions of *Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Correspondence: Joseph S. Sanfilippo, MD, MBA, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. E-mail: jsanfilippo@mail.magee.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.