Purpose: To report our experience with the laparoscopic pneumovesical approach for Politano-Leadbetter ureteric reimplantation and to compare the results to those obtained using a traditional open approach. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 52 patients who underwent Politano-Leadbetter ureteral reimplantation between 2012 and 2017. The peri-operative parameters, postoperative outcomes, and complication rates of patients who underwent the open approach for the Politano-Leadbetter procedure and those who underwent the laparoscopic pneumovesical approach were compared. Results: During the study period, 52 ureteric reimplantation procedures were analyzed. Among these, 28 and 24 patients underwent surgery using the open and pneumovesical approaches, respectively. The mean operative time did not differ between the groups (143.64 min vs. 128.12 min, P = 0.092). However, the pneumovesical group had a shorter duration of hospital stay (5.08 days vs 7.43 days, P = 0.001) and required less morphine analgesic for pain than did the open group (7.7% vs 32.1%, P = 0.027). No significant differences in the success rates (94.9% vs 92.5%, P = 0.512) or procedure-related complications were noted between the pneumovesical and open techniques. Conclusions: The transvesicoscopic Politano-Leadbetter technique with pneumovesicum is safe and effective for ureteric reimplantation and is comparable to the open approach.
- Ureteral reimplantation
- Vesicoureteral reflux
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health