Versatility of the suprapubic port in robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy

A small suprapubic incision for robotic assisted myomectomy provides visualization of primary trocar insertion, easy access to surgical assistants, and ability to insert needles under direct visualization and extract a specimen.
Versatility of the suprapubic port in robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy

Volume 108, Issue 3, Page e1


Ndeye-Aicha Gueye, M.D., Linnea R. Goodman, M.D., Tommaso Falcone, M.D.



To demonstrate the multiple advantages of the suprapubic port in robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy.


Video demonstration of a robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy technique using a suprapubic incisional retractor (GelPOINT).




A 32-year-old primigravid women with heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain with a 12-cm leiomyoma (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics type 5).


Illustrate a surgical approach during robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy with the use of a 5-cm suprapubic incision, an incisional retractor (GelPOINT) for the enucleation, and extraction of a large leiomyoma.

Main Outcome Measure(s)

The effective enucleation and extraction of a leiomyoma specimen using an incisional retractor and GelPOINT. The steps of the technique and the role of GelPOINT are demonstrated.


The procedure was performed without incident, and the patient experienced pain relief and lighter menses postoperatively. This technique has been performed successfully since June 2014 on 22 women.


During a robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy the suprapubic incision is both advantageous and practical. The small incision allows the surgery to remain minimally invasive; the primary umbilical trocar is inserted under direct visualization in an already insufflated abdomen; the location of the incision allows the surgical assistant easy access to the port; the passing of the needles occurs under direct visualization with minimal camera manipulation; and last, the extraction of large tissue can be performed within a specimen pouch through this same suprapubic incision in a short period.

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