INTRODUCTION: In the last few years laparoscopic surgery has become the gold standard for the treatment of several urological diseases such as renal cancer and ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO).
A transmesenteric approach for left laparoscopic pyeloplasty has been recently described in order to avoid bowel manipulation and the potentially related complications. The aim of the present study is to describe the surgical technique and the advantages of the transmesenteric approach for laparoscopic pyeloplasty, pyelolithotomy, and simple nephrectomy in our experience.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From December 2007 to May 2010, 12 laparoscopic procedures for left renal diseases were performed using a transmesenteric approach. The indications were left UPJO in 9 cases, left pelvic-ureteral stones in 2 cases, and left end-stage kidney disease in one case.
RESULTS: No conversions or intraoperative complications were observed. No blood transfusions were required. Resumption of oral intake and canalization occurred in all cases within 48 hours of the procedure. All patients had an uneventful postoperative course.
CONCLUSIONS: The laparoscopic transmesenteric approach represents an interesting and advantageous technical improvement of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of left renal diseases.
Zacchero M, Volpe A, Billia M, Tarabuzzi R, Varvello F, De Angelis P, De Lorenzis E, Mittino I, Terrone C. Are you the author?
Division of Urology, Maggiore della Carità Hospital, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy.
Reference: J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 Mar;22(2):176-9.