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Minimally invasive management of vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) and related anomalies
Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2016;16(05). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enphilippe011
Operative indications in case of vesicorenal reflux in children have become increasingly rare. The true minimally invasive spirit first necessitates an endoscopic treatment, also called the STING procedure. A ureterovesical reimplantation is required in the presence of clinical or anatomical circumstances. Dr. Paul Philippe describes the operative pneumovesicoscopy developed by CK Yeung and Jeff Valla more than 15 years ago. Despite brilliant presentations, this technique has remained very confidential, probably because of the difficulties come across by the operators when performing the procedure. It is undoubtedly a very demanding technique as far as manual expertise is concerned. The scarcity of operative indications and the difficulties met in the realization of this surgery render the acquisition of an expertise in the field difficult. However, the technique and the tricks described by Paul Philippe are absolutely remarkable and postoperative outcomes are particularly interesting. We are truly in the context which was initially described 25 years ago when laparoscopic surgery barely started to develop. It is key to reproduce exactly what was previously performed in open surgery in a laparoscopic fashion (or in the present case using pneumovesicoscopy).