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BACKGROUND: The prevalence of placenta accreta spectrum is rising worldwide. The severe end of the spectrum where the placenta has invaded other organs is fortunately rare, however, few surgical techniques for such a complex hysterectomy have been described in the literature. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe a stepwise, systematic technique for radical cesarean hysterectomy for placenta accreta spectrum to investigate outcomes for women with severe, invasive placenta accreta spectrum who were hysterectomized using this technique. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study undertaken at a large UK tertiary referral center. A total of 24 cases of elective primary cesarean hysterectomy with a confirmed intrapartum diagnosis of severe percreta (Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics grades 3b and 3c) were identified between 2011 and 2020. Among those cases, 16 had standard care (surgical technique dependent on surgeon's preference), and 8 had a radical peripartum hysterectomy using the Soleymani-Alazzam-Collins technique as described. Nonparametric testing was used because of sample size. RESULTS: The Soleymani-Alazzam-Collins technique resulted in significantly less blood loss (P=.032), more transverse incisions (P=.009), and less intensive care unit admissions (P=.046). Furthermore, there was no significant difference in theater time. CONCLUSION: The Soleymani-Alazzam-Collins technique demonstrated a significant improvement in outcomes for women with severe placenta accreta spectrum, without increasing surgical time.

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Journal article


Am J Obstet Gynecol

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175.e1 - 175.e10


cesarean hysterectomy, placenta accreta spectrum, severe percreta, surgery