Uterine artery embolization immediately preceding laparoscopic myomectomy

Kara N. Goldman, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, Mary Ellen Pavone, Andrew P. Thomas, Robert L. Vogelzang, Magdy P. Milad*

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Objective: To determine whether performing uterine artery embolization (UAE) immediately before laparoscopic myomectomy can facilitate a minimally invasive surgical approach for larger uterine fibroids. Methods: In a retrospective case-control study, laparoscopic myomectomy with and without preoperative UAE was examined. Data were analyzed from 26 laparoscopic myomectomies performed by a single surgeon at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine between 2004 and 2010. Controls were matched for age, calendar year, surgeon, and number of fibroids removed. Surgical outcomes included preoperative clinical uterine size, operative time, operative blood loss, and postoperative myoma specimen weight. Data were analyzed via 2-tailed Student t test. Results: Twelve women underwent laparoscopic myomectomy within 169 ± 16 minutes (mean ± SEM) of preoperative UAE. Fourteen control patients underwent laparoscopic myomectomy alone. The UAE group had a greater mean preoperative clinical uterine size (19.7 versus 12.4 weeks, P < 0.001) and a greater mean myoma specimen weight measured postoperatively (595.3 versus 153.6 grams, P < 0.05). There were no significant differences in operative time or blood loss, and there were no intra-operative complications. Conclusion: UAE performed immediately before laparoscopic myomectomy facilitated minimally invasive surgery for larger uteri and larger uterine myomas, with no differences in operative time or blood loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Laparoscopy
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Uterine leiomyomata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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