Robotic versus laparoscopic ipsilateral uretero-ureterostomy for upper urinary tract duplications in the pediatric population: A multi-institutional review of outcomes and complications

Leon Chertin*, Binyamin B. Neeman, Kobi Stav, Paul H. Noh, Stanislav Koucherov, Jaudat Gaber, Amnon Zisman, Boris Chertin, Vitaly Dubrov, Sergey Bondarenko, Amos Neheman

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Abstract

Objective: To review and compare robotic ipsilateral uretero-ureterostomy (RIUU) and laparoscopic ipsilateral uretero-ureterostomy (LIUU) in terms of safety, efficacy, and outcomes. Materials and methods: A retrospective chart review, including all pediatric patients who underwent RIUU and LIUU at 5 different medical centers, between 2015 and 2019, was performed. Patient's demographics, perioperative data, surgical techniques, complications, and results were compared. Results: The study included 66 pediatric patients, 22 RIUU and 44 LIUU. Median age at surgery was 12 month (IQR 7–52) and median weight was 12 kg (IQR 9–16). Upper to lower IUU was performed in 55 cases and lower to upper IUU in 11 cases. Median operative times for RIUU and LIUU were 90 min (IQR 75–97.5) and 112.5 min (IQR 81.5–121.25), respectively (p = 0.034). Clavien-Dindo grade 3 postoperative complications occurred in two LIUU patients. One patient underwent an ancillary procedure with laparoscopic distal ureteral stump removal. All patients had resolution of symptoms and improvement in hydronephrosis or a non-obstructed curve on MAG3 diuretic renal scan. Conclusion: RIUU and LIUU are both safe and effective minimally invasive approaches for duplex upper urinary tract anomalies in the pediatric population. RIUU demonstrated shorter operating times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2377-2380
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume56
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Duplex upper urinary tract anomalies
  • Laparoscopic
  • Pediatrics
  • Robotic
  • Uretero-ureterostomy

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