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Robot-Assisted Hysterectomy using the Double-Bipolar Method.

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the efficacy of the double-bipolar method in a benign hysterectomy.

DESIGN: Stepwise demonstration of the technique with a narrative video.

SETTING: The double-bipolar method was first reported in 2011 [1] and is gaining popularity in Japan; however, its usefulness in robot-assisted hysterectomy is under-reported. When unexpected bleeding occurs during robot-assisted hysterectomy using a monopolar technique, corrective measures may be prolonged and often require changing forceps. The Maryland forceps have four functions, including incision, dissection, grasping, and coagulation, which enable rapid responses to bleeding and reduce forceps changes and cost. Previously, we reported the usefulness of the double-bipolar technique in other surgical procedures [2,3]. Herein, we present a case of robot-assisted hysterectomy using this technique at an urban general hospital, including detailed insights into its execution.

INTERVENTIONS: A 45-year-old female patient presented to our hospital with painful menstrual bleeding. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an 8-cm myoma in the posterior wall of the uterine cervix. Consequently, a robot-assisted hysterectomy was performed using right-handed Maryland forceps (Intuitive, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) and the ForceTriadTM Energy Platform (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) in the macro mode, with an output of 60 W. This configuration ensured a consistent electronic output, regardless of the electrical resistivity of the target tissues, facilitating precise incisions using a momentary high voltage [4]. The surgical duration was 60 min, and the estimated blood loss was 5 mL.

CONCLUSION: The highly versatile double-bipolar method uses one forceps for incision, dissection, coagulation, and grasping and is useful in gynecological surgery.

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