Single-knot running suture anastomosis (one-knot pyeloplasty) for laparoscopic dismembered pyeloplasty: Training model on a porcine bladder and clinical results

Teber D., Guven S., Yaycioglu O., UĞURLU Ö., Sanli O., Gozen A. S., ...More

International Urology and Nephrology, vol.42, no.3, pp.609-614, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11255-009-9668-0
  • Journal Name: International Urology and Nephrology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-614
  • Keywords: Laparoscopic pyeloplasty, Running suture anastomosis, Training model, Porcine, Pyeloplasty model
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: The one-knot running ureteropelvic anastomosis is a modification of the single-knot running suture that was previously described for urethrovesical anastomosis. In this study, we present a novel porcine model for laparoscopic pyeloplasty training and report the results obtained in patients who underwent one-knot pyeloplasty. Materials and methods: A porcine bladder was used for the ureteropelvic junction simulation in this training model. The laparoscopic one-knot pyeloplasty technique was attempted by five laparoscopic surgeons using this model, and the technique was then incorporated into clinical practice. The data of all patients who underwent this procedure between January 2006 and February 2008 were evaluated. Results: The one-knot pyeloplasty technique was easily applied in a short time by laparoscopic surgeons in a novel porcine pyeloplasty model. The participants successfully performed a watertight anastomosis in the porcine bladder model, completing the task in <30 min by the fifth attempt. The time required to succeed before and after training decreased by 20.8% (P = 0.01). In the clinical portion, 40 laparoscopic pyeloplasty procedures were performed with this technique, and the mean time to complete the anastomosis was 27.1 min (range: 12-41). This time was concordant with the final anastomosis time performed in the pelvitrainer. Conclusions: The one-knot pyeloplasty is feasible and reproducible, and it overcomes the obstacles caused by multiple intracorporeal knots when performing laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Furthermore, the porcine bladder model that we introduce herein is a readily available and simple model to refine suturing techniques for pyeloplasty. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, B.V.