Sliding-clip renorrhaphy provides superior closing tension during robot-assisted partial nephrectomy

Brian M. Benway, Jose M. Cabello, Robert S. Figenshau, Sam B. Bhayani

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Objective: Recently, our institution refined a technique for robot-assisted renorrhaphy utilizing sliding Weck Hem-O-Lock clips, which are tightened by the surgeon seated at the console and locked into place with a LapraTy clip. In addition to the relative ease of implementation, we believe that our technique also provides a superior strength of closure over other commonly used techniques. Methods: An in vivo porcine model was used to compare a sliding-clip technique against an assistant-placed LapraTy-only closure, and a surgeon-placed simple suture closure. A force gauge was used to record the maximum tension that could be applied during each closure method before the suture ripped through the renal parenchyma, thus illustrating the relative strength of each closure. Results: The simple suture closure performed relatively poorly, ripping through parenchyma at a mean force of 11.3N. The LapraTy-only method allowed a maximum applicable mean force of 16.7N. The sliding Weck clip with a LapraTy bolster provided the tightest closure, allowing for a mean force of 32.7N before ripping through parenchyma. Statistical analysis reveals that a sliding-clip technique provides a significantly tighter closure than both of the other tested methods. Conclusion: A sliding-clip technique allows for more tension to be safely applied to the closure of a partial nephrectomy defect than other commonly used methods. We believe that this is primarily attributable to the larger footprint of the Hem-O-Lock clip, which allows for the tension to be distributed over a greater surface area. The LapraTy then ensures the security of the closure by holding the Weck clip in place. Further studies are necessary to determine if this increased tension translates into appreciably better hemostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-608
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


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