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The Urodynamics and Survival Outcomes of Different Methods of Dissecting the Inferior Hypogastric Plexus in Laparoscopic Nerve-Sparing Radical Hysterectomy of Type C: A Randomized Controlled Study

Lei Li MD, Shuiqing Ma MD, Xianjie Tan MD, Sen Zhong MD, Ming Wu MD
Urologic Oncology
Volume 26, Issue 5 / May , 2019



Little data exist about the impact of dissection methods on bladder function during nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy (NSRH). This randomized controlled trial compared the urodynamic and survival outcomes of different methods dissecting the inferior hypogastric plexus (IHP) during laparoscopic NSRH.


Eligible patients presenting with stage IB cervical cancer from 9 May 2013 to 27 October 2015 were randomized at a ratio of 1:1 and subjected to waterjet (study group) or traditional blunt (control group) dissection of the IHP for laparoscopic type C radical hysterectomy. Participants were subjected to urodynamic evaluations before and after NSRH. The primary measurement was the proportion of patients with residual urine (RU) ≤ 100 ml, while secondary measurements included urodynamic parameters, disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS).


In total, 191 women met the inclusion criteria, and 160 patients were included in the final analysis, with 80 randomized to each group. At 14 days after NSRH, the study group had more patients with RU ≤ 100 ml than the control group (82.5% vs. 62.5%, p = 0.005). The study group had similar urodynamic outcomes of preoperative and postoperative tests. Comparison with the study group and preoperative tests revealed the control group had significant bladder function impairment at 4 months after NSRH. After a median follow-up of 33 months, the dissection methods had no significant impact on DFS or OS.


Waterjet dissection of the IHP in laparoscopic NSRH resulted in a more rapid return of normal urodynamics without compromising survival outcome. Identifiers NCT03015376 (PUMCH-OBGYN-2013), NCT03291236 (SOCM-1).

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