WASHINGTON, DC USA (UroToday.com) - Dr. Alun Williams addressed the surgical burden of established renal failure in children highlighting the number of interventions, surgical and percutaneous that many of these children undergo prior to renal transplantation.
He encouraged attendees to do as much as possible at the same setting and gave as an example the simultaneous placement of a gastronomy button (if needed) at the time of peritoneal dialysis catheter placement to decrease the number of procedures the child undergoes.
In a review of the surgical burden of established renal failure, 24% of children underwent 1 to 5 operations, whereas 76% had 5 or more surgical procedures. In the group of children, 73% of the procedures were dialysis or transplant related.
Presented by Alun Williams, MD at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Urology during the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 14 - 19, 2011 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC USA
Reported for UroToday by Pamela I. Ellsworth, MD, Associate Professor Surgery (Urology), Alpert Medical School of Brown University.