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International Seminars in Surgical Oncology

, 3:9

First Online: 03 April 2006Received: 22 January 2006Accepted: 03 April 2006


BackgroundA 1 mm minilaparoscope Lifeline Biotechnoligies, Florida, USA was assessed for aiding port site insertions.

MethodsTen consecutive patients having laparoscopic procedures in a gynaecological oncology unit were included. Minilaparoscopy was feasible in all cases and was used to insert the umbilical port under direct vision in all patients. In one case, a thick band of abdominal adhesions was identified and a further lateral port site was inserted to aid their dissection.

ResultsThe minilaparoscope correctly identified all 10 patients with peritoneal disease and identified all patients who were suitable for debulking procedures.

ConclusionMinilaparoscopy with the 1 mm endoscope appears to be safe and accurate and we feel that it has a place in helping the surgeon identify adhesions and peritoneal disease as well as assisting further port site insertion safely and with minimal complications.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1477-7800-3-9 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Philippa Sangster - Thomas EJ Ind


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