Single-access transumbilical laparoscopic splenectomy using curved reusable instruments

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The authors report a single-access transumbilical laparoscopic splenectomy (SATLS) performed with curved reusable instruments.


A 23-year-old female consulted for steroid-resistant idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and clinical evidence of secondary Cushing syndrome. Preoperative workup showed a normal-sized spleen and thrombocytopenia. The umbilicus was incised and a purse-string suture was applied. A reusable 11-mm trocar was inserted for a 10-mm, 30° angled scope. Curved reusable instruments (Karl Storz-Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany) were advanced without trocars transumbilically. After opening the splenocolic and gastrosplenic ligaments, the main splenic artery and vein were dissected off at the level of the hilum, clipped with 5-mm clips introduced transumbilically, and sectioned. Posterior splenic attachments were freed at the hilum cranially and caudally. The spleen was finally retrieved transumbilically in a plastic bag.


Addition of supplementary trocars or incisions was not necessary. Operative time was 180 min and final umbilical scar 16 mm. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 3, and after 6 months she was doing well.


SATLS was feasible and safe to be performed using curved reusable instruments. The curves of the instruments permitted the surgeon to work in an ergonomic position, without the instruments clashing thanks to the obtained triangulation. Since only reusable instruments were used, the cost of SATLS remained similar to that of standard laparoscopy.

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Giovanni Dapri is a consultant for Karl Storz-Endoskope (Tuttlingen, Germany). Dominique Bron, Jacques Himpens, Lorenzo Casali, Pietro Carnevali, Pavlos Koustas, and Guy-Bernard Cadière have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.

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This paper was a video presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), San Antonio, TX, March 30-April 2, 2011.

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Dapri, G., Bron, D., Himpens, J. et al. Single-access transumbilical laparoscopic splenectomy using curved reusable instruments. Surg Endosc 25, 3419 (2011).

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  • Single access
  • Single port
  • Single incision
  • Laparoscopy
  • Splenectomy
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura