Female infertility and laparoscopic surgery: A series of 415 operations at the Yaounde Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, Cameroon


Objective: To describe the practice of laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of infertility at the Yaoundé Gyneco-Obstetrics and Pediatric Hospital. Materials and Methods: This was an observational study with retrolective data collection. All patients who underwent laparoscopy for infertility with a complete file were recruited. Data were collected on a pre-established form and analyzed with Microsoft Excel 2007 software. Results: Six hundred and thirty-three women, representing 6.9% of gynecologic operations, underwent laparoscopic surgery during the study period. Infertility accounted for 69.8% (442 cases) of the indications. Four hundred and fifteen files were analyzed. The commonest intraoperative findings were: tubo-peritoneal adhesions (71.6%), hydrosalpinx with distal tubal occlusion (41.5%), peri-hepatic adhesions (22.4%), uterine fibroids (20.2%) and tubal phimosis (14.0%). Adhesiolysis, neosalpingostomy and fimbrioplasty were the commonest surgical gestures. At the end of the procedure, the best tube was staged as favorable in 57.6% of our patients. A complication rate of 4.3% was observed. Conclusion: Infertility is the main indication for laparoscopic surgery in our setting. The main operative findings are tubo-peritoneal adhesions and hydrosalpinx. The most practiced tubal surgical gesture is neosalpingostomy. Half of the recruited women have a favorable stage for the best tube. The complication rate is low.

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Mboudou, E. , Foumane, P. , Morfaw, F. , Minkande, J. , Dohbit, J. and Mbatsogo, B. (2013) Female infertility and laparoscopic surgery: A series of 415 operations at the Yaounde Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, Cameroon. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3, 663-667. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2013.39121.

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