Pelvic nerve injury following gynecologic surgery: a prospective cohort study.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence and time course of postoperative neuropathy resulting from gynecologic surgery. STUDY DESIGN: A single cohort of 616 female patients undergoing elective gynecologic surgery for benign or malignant conditions at a tertiary care academic medical center underwent a postoperative neurologic evaluation to identify postoperative neuropathy of the lower extremities. RESULTS: Fourteen peripheral nerve injuries were observed in 11 patients, making the overall incidence of postoperative neuropathy 1.8% (95% confidence interval, 1.0-3.2). Injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous (5), femoral (5), common fibular (1), ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric (1), saphenous (1), and genitofemoral (1) nerves were detected. Complete resolution of neuropathic symptoms occurred in all but 1 patient (91%). Median time to resolution of symptoms was 31.5 days (range, 1 day to 6 months). CONCLUSION: The incidence of lower extremity neuropathy attributable to gynecologic operations is low, and these neuropathies resolve in the great majority of cases.
- Bohrer, JC; Walters, MD; Park, A; Polston, D; Barber, MD
- November 2009
Volume / Issue
- 201 / 5
Start / End Page
- 531.e1 - 531.e7
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States