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International braz j urol

versão impressa ISSN 1677-5538versão On-line ISSN 1677-6119

Int. braz j urol. vol.44 no.5 Rio de Janeiro set./out. 2018 

Video Section

Robot-Assisted Nephropexy

Marcelo Langer Wroclawski1  2 

Guilherme Andrade Peixoto2 

Marcio Covas Moschovas2 

Arie Carneiro1 

Milton Borrelli Jr.1 

José Roberto Colombo Jr.1 

1Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

2Departamento de Urologia, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brasil



Renal ptosis is defined as the renal descent when there is a change from supine to orthostatic position, usually with a change of two vertebral bodies or more than five cm apart. Although rare, it is one of the causes of chronic flank pain or of upper abdomen. The typical patient of renal ptosis is young, female, thin, with complaint of pain when in an upright position (1, 2).


Demonstrate a robot-assisted nephropexy technique in a young woman diagnosed with symptomatic renal ptosis on the right kidney, confirmed by imaging tests.

Materials and Methods:

A 29-year-old female patient with a history of chronic right-sided pain and palpable renal mobility on physical examination. The diagnosis of renal ptosis was confirmed by ultrasound imaging, excretory urography (Figure-1), and renal scintigraphy with 99mTc-DTPA (Figure-2). She was submitted to a robotic-assisted right nephropexy with a polypropylene mesh fixing the right kidney to the ipsilateral psoas muscle fascia.


We reported a 96-minute surgical time. The patient was discharged in the first postoperative day. At the one-month follow-up, there was an important improvement of the symptoms, with normality renal function and imaging tests describing adequate renal positioning.


Robotic-assisted nephropexy is feasible and can be an excellent minimally invasive alternative technique for the proposed surgery. We reported a shorter hospital stay and a faster postoperative recovery compared with the opened procedure.

Figure 1 Excretory urography. 

Figure 2 Renal scintigraphy. 


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Int Braz J Urol. 2018; 44 (Video #14): 1047-1048

Published as Ahead of Print: November 21, 2017


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Received: June 29, 2017; Accepted: September 20, 2017

Correspondence address: Guilherme Andrade Peixoto, MD, Departamento de Urologia, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Rua Johana Luise Falkenburg Binder, 98, São Bernardo do Campo, SP, 09732-290, Brasil, E-mail:


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