PEG-coated patch parenchymal closure technique and initial outcomes during minimally invasive partial nephrectomy


  • Ryan McLarty University of Alberta
  • Benjamin Beech University of Alberta
  • Jan K. Rudzinski University of Alberta
  • Blair St. Martin University of Alberta
  • Howard Evans University of Alberta



partial nephrectomy, hemostasis, minimally invasive surgery


Introduction: The Hemopatch® is a novel polyethylene glycol-coated (PEG-coated) collagen patch that acts as a topical hemostatic agent. It has been applied to a variety of surgical techniques. Here, we present our series and technique using a PEG-coated patch for minimally invasive partial nephrectomy (MIPN).

Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients undergoing MIPN by a single surgeon at a tertiary Canadian medical center between July and December 2018. We included patients if a PEG-coated patch was used to close the renal parenchymal defect. We also describe in detail our technique for laparoscopic patch deployment.

Results: A total of 17 patients met inclusion criteria, of whom 12 were male. Mean age was 63 years old. Median size of renal mass was 2.85 cm in largest dimension and median RENAL score was 6. Hilar clamping was carried out in 12 (70.9%) cases, with an average warm ischemic time of 16.1 minutes. The remainder of cases were performed off-clamp. Median estimated blood loss was 238 mL and the mean change in hemoglobin on postoperative day 1 compared to preoperatively was 21.2 g/L. The average length of stay was 1.76 days. No patient required blood transfusion or underwent angioembolization or re-operation for bleeding within 90 days. There were no Clavien-Dindo grade 3 or greater complications.

Conclusions: A PEG-coated patch can be used safely and effectively in lieu of traditional two-layer renorrhaphy with acceptable outcomes. Larger, prospective series are required to ascertain its true value and cost-effectiveness.


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McLarty, R., Beech, B. ., Rudzinski, J. K., St. Martin, B., & Evans, H. (2021). PEG-coated patch parenchymal closure technique and initial outcomes during minimally invasive partial nephrectomy. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 16(1), E44–7.



Techniques in urology