Hysterectomy is the most commonly performed benign gynaecological surgery. Recently, the rates of minimally invasive hysterectomy have fallen due to the banning of mechanical morcellation techniques that rendered minimal invasive gynaecology surgeons unable to extract large uteri from the relatively small colpotomy incisions.
This study aims to share our experience in utilising Colpo‐V incision to remove large uterine specimens transvaginally and report its success and complication rates to promote a minimal invasive approach in patients with large uteri without the need to perform large abdominal incisions or transabdominal morcellation.
This is a prospective case series study in which women with large uteri and|or narrow vaginal canal underwent total laparoscopic hysterectomy and a subsequent posterior vaginal wall incision (Colpo‐V) to facilitate the intact extraction of the uterus through the vagina. Patients were seen in the clinic six weeks after the surgery for post‐operative assessment and documentation of late complications.
Seventeen women underwent the procedure, and the intact extraction of the specimen was successful in 16 out of the 17 cases (94%). No major complications were encountered during or after the procedure.
Colpo‐V incision is a simple and effective technique for the intact extraction of larger uterine specimens at hysterectomy.