Minimally invasive retrieval of a retained Jackson--Pratt drainage tube using the Sachse urethrotome - Abstract

OBJECTIVE:A retained postoperative drain tube, trapped by one or more of the sutures of the abdominal wall closure, is a rare complication of frustrating consequences and potential legal repercussions.

There are few reports of techniques for minimally invasive removal of an anchored postoperative drain tube, which not infrequently has been treated by reopening the wound.

METHOD/RESULT:A 75 years-old man with a left T2-T3N0M0 renal carcinoma was treated with transperitoneal laparoscopic nephrectomy and a Jackson-Pratt drain was left in place. Drain removal the day after revealed impossible, as if being caught with fascial suture. With the patient under sedation, we introduced a Sachse urethrotome parallel to the drain, and the abdominal fascia was identified, then the polyglycolic stitch anchoring it to the wall could be severed, freeing the drain.

CONCLUSIONS: Percutaneous extraction with the Sachse urethrotome of an anchored postoperative drain, should be the first option, before trying a forced traction or using more complex options. This technique is for the first time published in the Spanish bibliography, and we think this possibility should be disclosed to abdominal surgeons.

Written by:
FariƱa-Perez LA, Pesqueira-Santiago D.   Are you the author?
Urology Department, Hospital Povisa, Spain.

Reference: Arch Esp Urol. 2012 May;65(4):496-8.


PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22619142

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