Preperitoneoscopic approach for bladder neck sling suspension in a boy: Preliminary experience

Girolamo Mattioli, Piero Buffa, Michele Torre, Alessio Pini-Prato, Nicola Disma, Stefano Avanzini, Edoardo Guida, Giovanni Rapuzzi, Sara Costanzo, Valentina Rossi, Samuele Leggio, Vincenzo Jasonni

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Objectives: This report is aimed at describing our preliminary experience with the preperitoneoscopic approach to the bladder neck for rectus fascial sling suspension in neurogenic bladder. Materials and Methods: A 13-year-old boy with spina bifida was admitted to our institution to treat bladder incontinence. A bladder neck suspension and bladder augmentation was planned. The preperitoneal space was progressively gained by blunt dissection under direct vision (laparoscopy with a single left subcostal trocar), and a total of three preperitoneal ports were inserted. Dissection of the bladder proved to be relatively easy, and the retropubic space as well as the deep pelvis were safely exposed. Owing to the excellent endoscopic visualization, the bladder was dissected downward from the rectum. Once complete mobilization of the bladder neck was achieved, an umbilical tape was passed around the proximal urethra to create an adequate passage for the fascial sling. Results: The preperitoneoscopic procedure lasted 2 hours. No complications occurred. A good daytime dry period was achieved at the 4-month follow-up. Discussion: Direct visualization of the bladder neck and minimal dissection to the deep pelvis are the key points of this approach. Provided certain technical details are considered, the minimally invasive preperitoneal access is a valuable alternative to the open approach for the rectus fascial sling procedure, particularly when dealing with male patients. Technical advances will, presumably, lead to a complete minimally invasive treatment of urinary incontinence in male patients with spina bifida.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-501
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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