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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2009 Feb;19(1):115-7. doi: 10.1089/lap.2008.0018.

A simple suture-retrieval device for the placement of u-stitches during laparoscopic gastrostomy.

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  • 1General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA. mattei@email.chop.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

During minimally invasive operations, it is sometimes necessary to retrieve the end of a suture or a suture needle and bring it out through the abdominal wall.

METHODS:

Using a standard needle and a length of suture, we have developed a simple device that allows the retrieval of a suture end during minimally invasive operations that require the placement of U-or stay stitches.

RESULTS:

The author has used the device described during more than 100 laparoscopic gastrostomy placement procedures and other operations involving the placement of U- or stay stitches with excellent results and no complications.

CONCLUSIONS:

Using a beveled hollow-bore needle and a loop of polypropylene suture, one can construct a simple device that allows the retrieval of a suture from within a body cavity during minimally invasive surgery, making the placement of U- and stay stitches easier and more precise.

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