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Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Knowing Better to do Better: Tackling Complications from Gynaecological Surgeries

Manuscript deadline
31 July 2023

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Prof. Roberta Granese, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging University of Messina, A.O.U. Policlinico “G. Martino”, via Consolare Valeria, 98125 Messina, Italy

Dr. Stefano Cianci, Department of Human Pathology of adult and childhood: “G. Barresi”. University of Messina, A.O.U. Policlinico “G. Martino”, via Consolare Valeria, 98125 Messina, Italy

Prof. Alfredo Ercoli, Department of Human Pathology of adult and childhood: “G. Barresi”. University of Messina, A.O.U. Policlinico “G. Martino”, via Consolare Valeria, 98125 Messina, Italy

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Knowing Better to do Better: Tackling Complications from Gynaecological Surgeries

Gynaecological surgery is characterized by specific anatomical and technical aspects that differ deeply from other surgeries. The risk of both intra-operative and post-operative complications is important to know, since no surgery is free of complications. The management of intra/peri-operative complications should be as well known by surgeons as the technical and anatomical steps of a surgery to guarantee the best care.

Surgical complications could happen at any moment during an operation or immediately after the procedure. There are some complications that are shared with other kinds of surgeries (e.g. hemorrhage, infection, thromboembolism, visceral damage, pulmonary embolus, myocardial infarction, pneumonia, fluid or electrolyte imbalance, etc.) and specific complications that are related to the anatomical and technical aspects of gynaecological surgeries (e.g. radical hysterectomy, total or partial pelvectomy, vaginal surgery, hysteroscopy and surgical procedures on uterus and adnexa). Aside from these aspects, it is important to consider the impact of gynaecological surgery on the reproductive outcome, the quality of life and physiological functions. When intra/post-operative surgical complications are mismanaged, they could become life-threating. So far, many have highlighted how to perform standard surgical procedures without focusing extensively on their possible complications; therefore, it is important that both aspects come together.

Compared to pharmacological studies, it is harder to draw clear conclusions about surgical studies as standardization of surgical procedures is always difficult to report and describe worldwide. Besides guidelines, a surgeon’s experience is a key factor which could make the difference in the management of gynaecological intra/post-operative complications.

This Article Collection invites submissions of articles in the area of gynaecological surgical intra/post-operative complications, including epidemiological studies and clinical trial investigations. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Laparoscopic, laparotomic and vaginal management of surgical complications (focusing on ureteral, bladder, intestinal, vessel and abdominal wall complications), highlighting technical and anatomical features
  • Clinical and surgical methods to recognize intra- and peri-operative complications
  • Risk factors that could significantly increase rate of specific complications
  • Preventing surgical complications before, during and after surgery
  • Specific medications for surgical procedures, focusing on balancing risk of hemorrhage, deep venous thrombosis and risk of infection (specific for each kind of procedure: myomectomy, hysterectomy, salpingo-ovariectomy, debulking surgery, pelvectomy, vulvectomy, hysteroscopy).

Prof. Roberta Granese received her degree in Medicine from the University of Messina, Italy, where she then specialized in Gynaecology and Obstetrics and received her PhD degree in “Therapeutic alternative to the hormonal therapy in the treatment of climacteric syndrome”. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the U.O.C. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging at the University Hospital of Messina, Italy. She is lecturing various Masters, PhD and degree courses at the University of Messina. She is the author of two chapters in two international ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology books. Her other publications include more than 100 articles in National and International Journals. Her areas of greatest interests and skills are: ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology, endoscopic surgery (laparoscopic and hysteroscopic) and endometriosis.

Dr. Stefano Cianci received his degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Catania, Italy, and is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. During his training, he completed a research and clinical fellowship at Oxford University. He has lectured at national and international congresses and is a tutor on many surgical courses. He has published more than 100 articles in international journals principally regarding gynaecological oncology and gynaecological endocrinology. He is study coordinator and principal investigator of many prospective trials in the field of ovarian cancer research. In his clinical activity, he performed more than 200 high complexity gynaecological surgical procedures. He is an expert in gynaecological endoscopy and robotic surgery.

Prof. Alfredo Ercoli is Director of the of  U.O.C. of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the Department of Human Pathology of Adult and Childhood: “G. Barresi” , University Hospital “G. Martino”, Messina, Italy, where he is full Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Chief of the Resident training programme. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and has an H-Index of 32. He is an expert in the field of gynaecologic oncology and urogynecology.

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