broad ligament


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broad ligament

Etymology: ME, brood + L, ligare, to tie
a folded sheet of peritoneum draped over the uterine tubes, the uterus, and the ovaries. It extends from the sides of the uterus to the sidewalls of the pelvis, dividing the pelvis from side to side and creating the vesicouterine fossa and pouch in front of the uterus and the rectouterine fossa and pouch behind it. See also cardinal ligament.

broad ligament

A wide peritoneal fold extending from the lateral uterus to the pelvic wall, divided into mesometrium, mesosalpinz and mesovarium.

broad ligament

see broad ligament.
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The first assistant uses the 2-mm grasper to tent the anterior leaf of the broad ligament, and the surgeon utilizes the scissors to outline and develop the bladder flap as described above.
Haemostatic sutures can be inserted for bleeding at the uterine angle together with a unilateral uterine artery ligation, especially if the bleeding is thought to be from vessels in the broad ligament.
The front leaf of the broad ligament on both sides is cut with scissors to expose the Fallopian tubes.
6 cm), and the apparent widespread infiltrative growth with frequent extension into the pelvic cavity and broad ligament, and even into the retroperitoneal space.
After dissection of the anterior lower uterine segment to mobilize the bladder and to expose the uterine vessels, the uterus is anteverted and windows are created in the posterior broad ligament to expose the course of the uterine vessels.
For example, a patient whose height is 4 feet 10 inches and who is obese with a short truncated torso, a uterus that is not very mobile, and an 8-cm fibroid located over the broad ligament may be a poorer candidate than would a taller patient of average weight with an 8-cm intramural fibroid in a uterus that is extremely mobile.
5% of patients, one in the broad ligament and the others in the myomectomy scar.