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November 1972

Initial Experience With Laparoscopy for Gynecologic Patients in a Teaching Hospital: Report of 100 Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Gynecology of the Surgical Service, Vincent Memorial Hospital; Massachusetts General Hospital; and the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(5):734-737. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180110057014

The first 100 laparoscopic procedures performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital by 20 surgeons at different stages of training are presented. Of these, 38 were carried out for female sterilization; 26 were done to aid in the emergency differential diagnosis of pelvic pain associated with a mass; and 13 cases of long-standing pelvic pain were investigated. Seventeen infertile patients and five additional patients with amenorrhea were also observed, as well as a patient undergoing a "second look" operation for carcinoma of the stomach.

One patient had to undergo laparotomy for bleeding. A second patient had two days of additional hospitalization for a rectus sheath hematoma.

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