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JSLS. 2008 Jan-Mar;12(1):13-7.

Laparoscopic ureteral reimplant for distal ureteral strictures.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Emory University Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA. kenneth.ogan@emoryhealthcare.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

The incidence of ureteral injuries is on the rise. Endoscopic treatment of long distal ureteral strictures is associated with poor success rates, and open ureteral reimplantation is a potentially morbid surgical procedure. The objective of this study was to review our early results with laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation.

METHODS:

Between May 2004 and February 2007, 6 patients with ureteral strictures secondary to either gynecological surgery (4) or urolithiasis (2) presented for treatment. These patients failed traditional conservative treatment and underwent laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation.

RESULTS:

Five of the 6 cases were performed completely laparoscopically, while one patient had an elective open conversion to complete the vesicoureteral anastomosis. No major intraoperative or postoperative complications were encountered. The mean operating room time was 277 minutes (range, 180 to 360). The average hospital stay was 2.7 days (range, 2 to 5). All patients had a successful outcome defined as no evidence of radiographic obstruction and no clinical complaints of persistent renal colic. Mean follow-up was 13.2 months (range, 2 to 33).

CONCLUSION:

Our early results demonstrate that laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation is an effective minimally invasive treatment option for distal ureteral strictures.

PMID:
18402733
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC3016024
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