Medline ® Abstract for Reference 43
of 'Open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm'
Advantages of using the midline incision right retroperitoneal approach for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Endo M, Kobayashi K, Tsubota M, Seki M, Sato H, Noto T, Iwa T
Surg Today. 1996;26(1):1-4.
This study was conducted to compare the midline incision right retroperitoneal approach for repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) with the transperitoneal approach. The intra- and postoperative course of 15 patients who underwent AAA repair using the transperitoneal approach between 1987 and 1991 and another 15 patients who underwent AAA repair using the retroperitoneal approach between 1991 and 1994 were evaluated. The incidence of postoperative wound complications was also assessed. There was no operative or hospital death in either group. Although a significantly longer interval was required from the incision to the aortic clamp using the extraperitoneal method, there were no statistical differences in the aortic clamping time, total operation time, or blood loss between the two groups. On the other hand, there was a statistically significant improvement in bowel function and a significant reduction in the length of postoperative hospitalization following the extraperitoneal procedure. Furthermore, no wound complications such as those associated with the left flank incision developed after the extraperitoneal procedure. Thus, we recommend the midline incision right retroperitoneal approach for AAA as it does not involve muscle division and is associated with fewer complications.
Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Ishikawa Prefectural Central Hospital, Japan.