Laparoscopic dissection of the intramural ureter to repair a complete transection of the distal ureter: Initial experience with a new minimally invasive technique that preserves the anatomy of the urinary tract
Keywords:Ureteral injury, Laparoscopic dissection, Intramural ureter
AbstractWe report 2 patients with ureteral injury after a simple total laparoscopic hysterectomy for uterine myoma with a complete resection of the distal ureter. One patient had unilateral injury and the other 2 patients had bilateral injury. The surgical laparoscopic repair procedure was carried out 3 to 5 days after the injury. Surgery involved intramural dissection of the distal ureteral stump to expose at least 1 cm of the ureter, percutaneous ureteral stent placement, elimination of tension between the proximal ureter and the dissected distal stump, end-to-end anastomosis, and reinsertion of the distal ureter into the bladder muscle layer, which was previously dissected for the anastomosis.
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