Vol. 45 (1): 145-149, January – February, 2019

doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2018.0252


İrfan Dönmez 1, Alonso Carrasco Jr. 2, Amanda F. Saltzman 2, Duncan T. Wilcox 2
1 Department of Urology, Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, CO, United of States; 2 Department of Pediatric Urology, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, CO, United of States


Objective: In the majority of published series, children undergoing open pyeloplasty are admitted for at least one night. We hypothesized that it would be possible in the majority of infants to perform open pyeloplasty as an outpatient procedure.

Materials and Methods: All patients who underwent open pyeloplasty by a single surgeon between 2008 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic data (age at surgery, gender, pre- and postoperative imaging studies, laterality, type of local anesthesia), operative time, duration of hospital stay, need for narcotic analgesics, complications, readmission within 1-month after surgery and need for additional procedures were abstracted.

Results: A total of 18 infants underwent open pyeloplasty by single surgeon. Mean age at time of surgery was 19 months (range 3-23 months). There were 8 girls and 10 boys. In addition to general anesthesia, all of the patients received regional anesthesia (caudal block 8, epidural block 8, subcutaneous nerve block 2). Median operative time was 135 minutes (range 81-166). Median hospital stay was 1 day (range 1 to 2). Two patients required iv narcotics for pain management. None of the patients required parenteral administration of other medications during the short hospitalization. No patients required any additional procedures or hospital readmissions within 1 month from surgery.

Conclusions: In appropriately selected patients, outpatient pyeloplasty appears to be feasible with an oral postoperative analgesia plan to be administered at home.

Keywords: Ureteral Obstruction; Child; Anesthesia

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