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Scand J Urol Nephrol. 2001 Dec;35(6):505-8.

The place of the technique of narrowing neck of the dartos pouch on the ascent of testis after surgery.

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  • 1Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ankara, Turkey. serdara@baskent-ank.edu.tr



We aimed to compare the three techniques of dartos pouch orchiopexy, suture fixation to the scrotal wall and narrowing of the neck of pouch with or without suture fixation, in regard to the postoperative ascensus of testes.


We operated on 150 unilateral palpable undescended testis with the scrotal pouch orchiopexy technique. In this prospective study, patients were randomly divided into three groups: Testes were fixed to the scrotal wall in the first group, they were placed into the scrotal pouch without fixation but the neck of the dartos pouch was narrowed around the vas deferens and the vessels in the second group and testes were fixed to the scrotum with a suture and the dartos fascial opening was narrowed concomitantly in the third group.


Patients were followed between 6 and 48 months (28.0 +/- 11.4). Only four testes of the first group (8.0%) were replaced upward after the operation where all the other two groups' testes were in their places.


We believe that only narrowing of the dartos fascia around the vas deferens and vessels without fixation to the scotum prevents ascending of the testis upward after orchiopexy operations. We think this technique decrease the risk of supposed damage to the testicular tissue due to suture material.

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