The oblique supine decubitus position: technical description and comparison of results with the prone decubitus and dorsal supine decubitus positions - Abstract

Our objective was to analyze the advantages of the percutaneous nephrolithotomy in oblique supine decubitus compared to the prone and dorsal supine position. In 87 patients diagnosed with urolithiasis (495.5-530.8 mm(2)), percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) was performed from 2000 to 2011. The patients were divided into three groups: Group A, 32 patients, PNL in the prone decubitus position; Group B, 24 patients, PNL in the dorsal supine position; Group C, 31 patients, PNL in the oblique supine position. We analyzed intraoperative parameters, complications, and results among the three groups. The three procedures were performed with a single access, 24-30 Ch. No statistically significant differences were found among the three groups regarding the patients' characteristics, or the morphology or size of the kidney stone treated. The operation time was shorter in the cases of PNL in dorsal supine and oblique supine compared to the prone position. The complication rate was very similar in the three groups. The main advantage of the PNL in oblique supine compared to the dorsal supine was that the puncture could in all cases be directed by ultrasonography, with greater precision, more safety, and more control of the percutaneous renal access. The oblique supine decubitus position is a safe position for the percutaneous treatment of urolithiasis and it becomes easier when the puncture is guided by ultrasound.

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Arrabal-Martin M, Arrabal-Polo MA, Lopez-Leon V, Merino-Salas S, Palao-Yago F, Cámara-Ortega M, Zuluaga-Gomez A   Are you the author?
Department of Urology, San Cecilio University Hospital, Camino de Ronda Street, 143, 4°F, 18003, Granada, Spain.

Reference: Urol Res. 2012 Mar 3
doi: 10.1007/s00240-012-0471-5

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PMID: 22388467