Uterine Rupture After Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Sotirios Nicholas Markuly, DO, Charles E. Miller, MD, Kyle Szela

OB/GYN Hospitalist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL, USA (Dr. Markuly). Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, USA and Director, AAGL/SRS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, USA (Dr. Miller). Undergraduate, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (Szela).


Introduction: Uterine rupture is an acute obstetric emergency requiring a rapid response by a multidisciplinary team of physicians and allied health care professionals to minimize the risk of both maternal and neonatal morbidity and death. A risk factor is previous myomectomy. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy is a technologically cutting-edge approach to a common surgical procedure, myomectomy. Pregnancy after robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy has been reported in the literature.

Case Description: We report a case of spontaneous uterine rupture in a subsequent pregnancy after robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy.

Discussion: With use of robotic assistance, the technique changes when compared with standard laparoscopic myomectomy. Areas of potential concern are the amount and type of energy required to excise the fibroid from the myometrial bed.

Key Words: Myomectomy, Uterine Rupture, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopy, Spontaneous, Pregnancy.

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