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Cesarean section followed by removal of the uterus, ovaries, and oviducts.
Porro advocated hysterectomy during a Caesarean to control uterine haemorrhage and prevent peritonitis. His procedure contributed to improved outcome for mother and child, but at the cost of the mother's future fertility. Prior to Porro, the mortality for both patients was virtually 100%.

E. Porro:
•  Dell’amputazione utero-ovarica come complemento di taglio cesareo.
   Annali universali di medicina e chirurgia, Milano, 1876, 237: 289-350.

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