BACKGROUND: Peripartum hysterectomy is performed for a variety of indications, including abnormal placentation, retained placenta, uterine rupture, and uterine atony. Most cases are emergent and performed through open laparotomy.
CASE: At 20 weeks of gestation, a patient with previous endometrial ablation had ruptured membranes and delivered her fetus but not her placenta. She was hemodynamically stable and underwent robotic hysterectomy. Surgical pathology confirmed placenta increta.
CONCLUSION: In appropriate patients, a minimally invasive approach may be considered for peripartum hysterectomy to potentially decrease maternal morbidity.
A robotic-assisted laparoscopic approach may be considered in hemodynamically stable patients when peripartum hysterectomy is indicated.
Divisions of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
Corresponding author: Stephanie Boes, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.