Douglas, L. L. ; Wedderburn, K. ; Rattray, Carole A. ; Cadogan, C. M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology and Child Health
Transverse Ureterotomy in Open Ureterolithotomy
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Open ureterolithotomy is now a seldom performed operation but is still occasionally necessary. We report on the transverse ureterotomy (TU) in this procedure and its effect on reducing morbidity. Results from 100 cases of TU for stone disease since 1976 were compared with those from 50 ureterolithotomies using the standard longitudinal ureterotomy (LU) performed during the same period. The parameters considered were urinary leakage, length of hospital stay and ureteric narrowing as assessed on intravenous urogram at three months. The cases utilizing TU were associated with significantly less urinary leakage, a shorter hospital stay and no ureteric narrowing. Transverse ureterotomy for stone disease significantly reduces the morbidity associated with the operation when utilizing the standard LU. The fear of transecting the ureter may be overcome by good exposure and gentle careful dissection. We suggest that TU be used for open ureterolithotomy.....