Routine utilization of Single-Incision Pediatric Endosurgery (SIPES): A 5-year institutional experience

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  • Background: Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) allows operation through one access site, eliminating the multiple sites traditionally used. There are few large series evaluating the versatility of SIPES. The purpose of this study is to review a 5-year single-institution experience with routine SIPES use. Patients and Methods: This is an Institutional Review Board-approved retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. All SIPES cases from March 2009 to December 2013 were included. Our database contains demographics, procedure type, operative duration, estimated blood loss, instance of added ports or conversion to open, complications, and follow-up duration. Results: Of 1322 SIPES operations performed, most (82.1%) were appendectomies and cholecystectomies. Of 871 (66%) patients seen in follow-up, with a median duration of 26 days, 53 (6.1%) experienced postoperative complications. Forty-two cases (4.8%) were surgical-site infections, of which 4 required drainage. Less frequent complications that required operative intervention include recurrent inguinal hernia (n=4), umbilical hernia (n=3), intraabdominal abscess (n=1), bleeding (n=1), abdominal compartment syndrome (n=1), bowel obstruction (n=1), stitch granuloma (n=1), and persistent postoperative pain (n=1). Conclusions: Operative times and complication rates are comparable to those in prior reported multiport laparoscopic series, allowing safe integration of SIPES into the routine of a surgical practice for most common procedures.
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  • Seims AD; Nice TR; Mortellaro VE; Lacher M; Ba'ath ME; Anderson SA; Beierle EA; Martin CA; Rogers DA; Harmon CM
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  • 25
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