Bowel perforation caused by an endoscopic stapler used during laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy: A case report

Silvia M. Abularach, Shaukat Ashai

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A commonly cited concern regarding laparoscopic hysterectomy is that the risks and complications associated with the procedure may be greater than those associated with more traditional hysterectomy techniques. Among the potential risks that are unique to this approach are injuries caused by laparoscopic instrumentation. The events described below constitute the first known case of a postoperative bowel perforation caused indirectly by an automatic stapler used during a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). CASE: A 52-year-old, African American woman underwent an uncomplicated LAVH, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and anterior repair in January 1995. Approximately nine months later, the patient began experiencing abdominal pain during a trip to Europe. Her condition progressively deteriorated to the point that an emergency landing in Iceland was required during her flight home. The patient was found to have a bowel obstruction and underwent a laparotomy and bowel resection. An open staple from the endoscopic stapler that was used at the time of LAVH was found to have caused the bowel perforation, which eventually resulted in adhesion formation and obstruction. CONCLUSION: Every effort should be made to remove loose staples from the operative field prior to termination of a laparoscopic procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-506
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Volume45
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2000

Keywords

  • Hysterectomy
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Laparoscopic surgical procedures
  • Surgical staples
  • Vaginal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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