Laparoscopic surgery in pregnancy
- Michael P Stany, MD
Michael P Stany, MD
- Assistant Professor
- Uniformed Services University
- Department of Obestetrics and Gynecology
- Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- John C Elkas, MD, JD
John C Elkas, MD, JD
- Associate Professor
- Inova Teaching Faculty
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Section Editors
- Vincenzo Berghella, MD
Vincenzo Berghella, MD
- Section Editor — Obstetrics
- Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Thomas Jefferson University
- David L Hepner, MD
David L Hepner, MD
- Section Editor — Obstetric Anesthesia
- Associate Professor of Anaesthesia
- Harvard Medical School
- Tommaso Falcone, MD, FRCSC, FACOG
Tommaso Falcone, MD, FRCSC, FACOG
- Section Editor — Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
- Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
The advantages of laparoscopic surgery are similar for pregnant and nonpregnant women; nevertheless, this procedure had been avoided during pregnancy because of concerns that it may be harmful to the fetus. Potential concerns include:
●The rise in intra-abdominal pressure during pneumoperitoneum could decrease utero-placental blood flow and result in fetal hypoxia
●Fetal acidosis could develop from absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2)
●The fetus could be injured directly or indirectly if the uterus is perforated by a trocar or Veress needle.
●Uterine perforation may result in preterm premature rupture of the membranes and preterm delivery.To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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