Introduction: laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) using transumbilical access and conventional laparoscopic instruments is a very attractive alternative to perform ureterolithotomy for ureteral stone with failed endourological management. Material and method: a 29-year-old woman presented with chronic right lumbar pain and a 1.2 cm impacted calculus localized at transition of abdominal to pelvic ureter. Semi-rigid ureteroscopy had failed to fragment the stone and shockwave lithotripsy was not available. Double-J ureteral catheter had been inserted preoperatively. We performed a transumbilical single-incision laparoscopic ureterolithotomy. Three conventional trocars were inserted in a single semi-circular umbilical incision. Right colon was detached and the ureter was identified. Calculus was extracted and the ureteral incision was closed with intracorporal sutures. Results: ureterolithotomy was successfully completed, with all the operative steps performed transumbically. Operative time was 180 minutes. No single-port device or articulating and bent instruments were utilized. Estimated blood loss was less than 50 mL. No intraoperative, access-related and postoperative complications took place. The duration of hospitalization was 24 hours and scarless appearance was observed on postoperative day 15. Conclusion: transumbilical single-incision laparoscopic ureterolithotomy is feasible and safe. This approach offers an inherent cosmetic advantage and few postoperative discomfort. Additional experience and continued investigation are warranted.
- Transumbilical access
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