Importance of the gynecologic oncologist in management of cesarean hysterectomy for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS)

Jessian L. Munoz, Logan M. Blankenship, Patrick S. Ramsey, Georgia A. McCann

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Objective: Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS) is an invasive placental disorder characterized by significant maternal and fetal morbidity. Utilization of multidisciplinary teams has been shown to optimize patient outcomes. Our objective was to assess the impact of cesarean hysterectomy performed by gynecologic oncologists versus Ob/Gyn specialists in maternal morbidity. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed of singleton, non-anomalous pregnancies complicated by PAS University of Texas Health San Antonio Placenta Accreta program from 2010 to 2021. Our primary outcome was a maternal morbidity composite of any of the following: estimated blood loss >2 L, ICU admission, intraoperative acidosis and post-operative length of stay >4 days. In addition, demographic and pregnancy data were obtained. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify the individual impact of variables such as general anesthesia, episodes of vaginal bleeding, uterine artery embolization, emergent delivery and placenta percreta pathology. Results: 122 pregnancies complicated by PAS who underwent cesarean hysterectomy were identified from 2010 to 2021. Gynecologic oncologists were the primary surgeons for 62 (50.8%) of these cases. The involvement of gynecologic oncologists increased over the time period from 16% to 80%. Gynecologic oncologists were more like to be involved in cases with an antenatal diagnosis of placenta percreta (11.7 vs 37.1%, p = 0.001) and these cases were characterized by increased composite maternal morbidity (65 vs 83.9%, p = 0.02). These cases were also significantly longer (151 vs 271 min, p < 0.0001), involved greater usage of urinary stents (36.7 vs 66.1%, p = 0.002) and had longer post-operative lengths of stay (3 vs 4 days, p < 0.0001). PAS cesarean hysterectomies by gynecologic oncologists were less likely to be supracervical (25 vs 3.2%, p = 0.0005). Multivariate analysis controlling for placenta percreta, uterine artery embolization, vaginal bleeding and emergent delivery showed no difference in composite maternal morbidity (aOR = 0.95, 95%CI [0.35–2.52]) and lower rates of intraoperative acidosis (aOR = 0.36, 95%CI [0.14–0.93]) or post-operative length of stay >4 days (aOR = 0.37, 95%CI [0.15–0.91]). Conclusions: Gynecologic oncologists play a critical role in the surgical management of PAS cesarean hysterectomies. When compared to Ob/Gyn specialists, gynecologic oncologists are more likely to act as primary surgeons in complex cases similar morbidity and greater post-operative outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-464
Number of pages5
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • Abnormal placentation
  • Cesarean hysterectomy
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Placenta accreta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology


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