Association of Gynecological Endoscopy Surgeons of Nigeria (AGES)

Association of Gynecological Endoscopy Surgeons of Nigeria (AGES) Advisory on Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

O C Alabi J E Okohue A A Adewole J I Ikechebelu 

Affiliation

  1. Gynecology Endoscopy Unit, South Shore Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.
  2. Fertility and Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Gynescope Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  3. Fertility and Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Nigeria.
  4. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria.

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Abstract

Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) is a global public health concern. Although there is a paucity of evidence to advise on the best practice, we recommend postponement of elective gynecological endoscopic surgeries until the pandemic is contained. Emergency surgeries should preferably be done through open surgeries than laparoscopy or hysteroscopy approach. However, if or when laparoscopy or hysteroscopy is considered, health personnel in theatre must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and all standard precautions should be observed to prevent COVID-19 infection. When COVID-19 is highly suspected or confirmed, the patient should be referred to centers equipped in taking care of such cases.

Keywords: AGES; COVID-19; Coronavirus; gynecology; hysteroscopy; laparoscopy; pandemic.

O C Alabi , J E Okohue , A A Adewole , J I Ikechebelu

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