Transvaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (vNOTES) for prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy

Mordechai Goldenberg, Yechiel Z. Burke, Emad Matanes*, Lior Lowenstein

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Background: Prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) is an important option for reducing the risk of developing ovarian and fallopian tube cancers in women with a hereditary ovarian cancer syndrome. Conventional laparoscopy is generally preferable since it is associated with less morbidity compared to laparotomy. Transvaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (vNOTES) is an emerging surgical approach that offers several advantages over conventional laparoscopy including reduced postoperative pain, low rate of surgical site infections, fast patient recuperation and better cosmetic outcome [1-6]. The objective of this video is to demonstrate a surgical technique for vNOTES BSO. Methods: This is a Stepwise demonstration of the vNOTES for prophylactic BSO with narrated video footage. The diameter of Alexis is 7 cm and we used the GelPOINT V-path transvaginal access platform (Applied Medical, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA). Results: A 52-year-old carrier of BRCA1 mutation. The patient was selected to be operated on via a vaginal port. The video presents some tips and tricks to aid the surgeon to perform this surgery in a safe and timely manner, using the vaginal GEL POINT system and vNOTES technique. Conclusions: vNOTES for prophylactic BSO via a vaginal port is a feasible technique with promising cosmetic results. This technique allows surgeon to expose the ureter well and lower the risk of ureteric injury. Additionally, this approach avoids abdominal wall vessels injury associated with the trocar insertion. Currently, as a result of certain technical limitations, such as when performing BSO without a hysterectomy, there has been a tendency to employ the vaginal access less frequently. In this video presentation, we demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic BSO via vNOTES whilst leaving the uterus intact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-80
Number of pages2
JournalSurgical Oncology
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • BRCA
  • BSO
  • Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery
  • Prophylactic BSO
  • Risk reducing surgery
  • vNOTES


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