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J Endourol. 2011 Jan;25(1):91-5. doi: 10.1089/end.2010.0230. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

Robotic enterocystoplasty: technique and early outcomes.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts 01805, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Enterocystoplasty is an established treatment for patients with refractory neurogenic bladder symptoms. We assessed the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of a robot-assisted enterocystoplasty in this population.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Five neurogenic bladder patients, median age of 43.8 years, underwent the procedure. Using a five-port technique, intraperitoneal robotic enterocystoplasty was performed through the following steps: (1) creation of a U-shaped full-thickness detrusor cystotomy, (2) intracorporeal harvesting of 30 cm of ileum, (3) intracorporeal construction of a detubularized ileal patch, and (4) anastomosis of the ileal patch to the cystotomy. An extracorporeal side-to-side bowel anastomosis re-established bowel continuity. After surgery, urinary continence, bladder capacity, upper tract protection, and complications were assessed.

RESULTS:

Mean operative time was 6.4 hours, estimated blood loss was 180 mL, and length of stay was 7 days. Postoperatively, all patients had a functioning enterocystoplasty, urethral continence, and normal upper tract imaging. One patient was rehospitalized for an ileus/urinoma, which resolved with conservative treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Robot-assisted enterocystoplasty can be effectively and safely performed with minimal morbidity.

PMID:
21050025
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