Risk of thromboembolic disease in patients undergoing laparoscopic gynecologic surgery

Alpa M. Nick, Kathleen M. Schmeler, Michael M. Frumovitz, Pamela T. Soliman, Whitney A. Spannuth, Jennifer K. Burzawa, Robert L. Coleman, Caimiao Wei, Ricardo Dos Reis, Pedro T. Ramirez

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Objective: To estimate the incidence of venous thromboembolism among patients undergoing gynecologic laparoscopy and characterize the risk of venous thromboembolism among patients with gynecologic malignancy. Methods: Data were collected for patients who underwent laparoscopic gynecologic surgery from January 2000 to January 2009. Incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism diagnosed within 6 weeks of surgery was estimated. Fisher's exact test was used to estimate the association between the presence of perioperative venous thromboembolism and categorical variables. Results: Six (of 849) patients developed symptomatic venous thromboembolism (0.7%, 95% confidence interval: 0.024-1.44%). The median time to diagnosis of venous thromboembolism was postoperative day 15.5 (range, 1-41 days), median body mass index was 25.4 kg/m (range, 18.4-50 kg/m), median operative time was 176 minutes (range, 53-358 minutes), and median estimated blood loss was 125 mL (range, 10-250 mL). Five of 430 (1.2%) patients with a history of gynecologic malignancy developed postoperative thromboembolic events. Venous thromboembolism was diagnosed in three of 662 (0.5%) patients undergoing intermediate complexity procedures and three of 106 (2.8%) patients undergoing high-complexity procedures. Three patients with venous thromboembolism (50%) had a history of at least one previous modality of cancer treatment before laparoscopy. One patient (17%) had DVT only, four (67%) had pulmonary emboli without an identified DVT, and one (17%) had both. There were no associated mortalities. Conclusion: The incidence of thromboembolism in patients undergoing low-and intermediate- complexity, minimally invasive surgery was low, even among patients with a gynecologic malignancy. Patients undergoing high-complexity, minimally invasive procedures may benefit from postoperative anticoagulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-961
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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