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Minerva Pediatrica 2015 Jul 08


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A comparative study of surgical outcomes using a Colorado microdissection needle versus standard-size needle electrocautery in one-stage hypospadias repair using a transverse preputial island flap

Liang W. Q., Qiu Y. H., Ji C. Y, Chen Y. H., Zhang J. Q., Yao Y. Y., Zhang J. M.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China


AIM: The purpose of this study was to compare the surgical outcomes of a Colorado microdissection needle (CMN) with that of a standard-size electrocautery needle in one-stage hypospadias repair using a transverse preputial island flap (TPIF).
METHODS: The records of patients who received hypospadias repair from September 2012 to October 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into a group that received repair using a CMN and those in which a standard-size electrocautery needle was used. Data collected and compared included age, types of hypospadias, duration of surgery, intraoperative blood loss, and postoperative edema and complications.
RESULTS: There were 51 patients in the CMN group and 44 in the standard needle group, and the groups were similar with respect to age and type of hypospadias. The median surgery time for the CMN group was significantly shorter than that of the standard group (15.7 minutes vs. 20.6 minutes, respectively, P < 0.001). At postoperative day 7 and day 30, the CMN group had significantly less patients with edema than the standard needle group (31.4% vs. 65.9%, P< 0.01; and 37.3% vs. 79.5%, P < 0.001, respectively). The overall complication rate has no significant difference between two groups.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of CMN for tissue dissection and separation in hypospadias repair can facilitate foreskin degloving, shape the flap in a more efficient way, and help maintain adequate blood supply for the new urethra and its skin coverage.

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