Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 297, Issue 5, pp 1255–1264 | Cite as

Report of the survey on current opinions and practice of German Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (AGE) members regarding the laparoscopic treatment of ovarian malignancies

  • Julia Caroline Radosa
  • Marc Philipp Radosa
  • Pascal Albert Schweitzer
  • Ingolf Juhasz-Boess
  • Stefan Rimbach
  • Erich-Franz Solomayer
Gynecologic Oncology



The purpose of this survey was to assess the opinions of members of the German Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (AGE) regarding the laparoscopic treatment of ovarian malignancies and current practice at their institutions.


Between February and October 2015, the AGE sent an anonymous online survey via mail to its members. The questionnaire solicited participants’ opinions about the laparoscopic treatment of ovarian cancers according to T stage and borderline tumors, and information about current practice at their institutions. Participants were also asked their opinions on currently available data on this issue.


Of 228 AGE members who completed the survey, 132 (58%) were fellows or attending physicians and 156 (68%) worked at university hospitals or tertiary referral centers. Most [212 (93%)] respondents stated that < 10% of all ovarian cancer cases were currently treated laparoscopically at their institutions. Most participants indicated that T1 (a, b, c) tumors [145 (64%)] and ovarian borderline tumors [206 (90%)], but not T2 [48 (21%)] or T3/4 [9 (4%) ovarian tumors] should or could be treated laparoscopically. One hundred seventy-two (75%) participants considered currently available data on this topic to be insufficient and 152 (66%) stated that they would take part in a clinical trial assessing a laparoscopic approach to T1/2 ovarian cancer.


According to this survey, to the opinion of the majority of AGE members, laparoscopy might be a considerable option for the treatment of early ovarian malignancies and borderline tumors and should be evaluated further in future studies.


Gynecologic endoscopy Minimally invasive surgery Laparoscopy Ovarian cancer AGE Borderline ovarian tumor 


Author contributions

JCR: project development, data collection, manuscript writing. PAS: data management, data analysis. MPR: project development, data analysis. IJ-B: data management. SR: manuscript editing. EFS: project development, manuscript editing.


The study has been sponsored by the German Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (AGE) (Grant number 01/15).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with patients or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was given from all individual participants included in the study by responding to the questionnaire.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsSaarland University HospitalHomburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of GynecologyAgaplesion Diakonie Hospital KasselKasselGermany
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsAgatharied HospitalHaushamGermany

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