Hysteroscopic Intrauterine Adhesiolysis Using a Blunt Spreading Dissection Technique With Double-action Forceps.J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2018 May - Jun; 25(4):583-584.JM
To demonstrate step-by-step the technique of hysteroscopic adhesiolysis (HA) by means of a blunt spreading technique using double-action forceps to dissect and restore the layer between the anterior and posterior uterine walls in a patient with severe intrauterine adhesions (IUAs), particularly in cases in which the endometrial lining is obscured on ultrasound imaging and the endometrial cavity is completely occluded on hysteroscopy.
A step-by-step explanation of the technique using videos and pictures (educative video) (Canadian Task Force Classification III).
A university-affiliated hospital.
A 36-year-old, gravida 3, para 1, abortus 2 woman presenting with amenorrhea for 5 months after surgical termination of a 53-day intrauterine pregnancy. She had no cyclic lower abdominal pain. Ultrasound revealed an obscure endometrial stripe and no obvious hematometra. Both the urine human chorionic gonadotropin test and the progesterone withdrawal test were negative. One month before admission, hysteroscopic adhesiolysis failed because the uterine cavity was inaccessible because of adhesions completely occluding the lower uterine cavity. Additionally, the uterine cavity could not be explored with a probe because the anatomic layer of the endometrial lining could not be easily identified by transabdominal ultrasound.
HA using a blunt spreading dissection technique with double-action forceps to restore the uterine cavity followed by "ploughing" of the intrauterine scar tissue using cold scissors .
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS
An intraoperative technique with commentary highlighting tips for a successful dissection. The uterine cavity was successfully restored using the blunt spreading dissection technique. There were no complications, including false uterine wall passage, uterine perforation, or fluid overload. Postoperative hysteroscopy at 1 month revealed an almost normal uterine cavity.
HA using a blunt spreading dissection technique to restore the uterine cavity is a simple, effective, and safe hysteroscopic skill, especially when the endometrial stripe is obscured on ultrasound imaging and exploring the uterine cavity by means of a probe has failed. Furthermore, this technique may serve as an alternative to resectoscopic techniques because it uses cold forceps and scissors, which provide better protection for the endometrium.