Chowbey, P.K.; Dhir, A.; Khullar, R.; Sharma, A.; Soni, V.; Baijal, M.; Vashishtha, A. and Dewan, A. (2002) Retroperitoneoscopy. In: 5th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-surgeons (IAGES), 31st Jan - 3rd Feb 2002, Kolkatta, India.
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Endoscopic inspection of the retroperitoneal structures is termed as retroperitoneoscopy. Earlier attempts at retroperitoneal surgery were largely unsuccessful due to inability to create and maintain an adequate working space thus favouring a transperitoneal approach. Undoubtedly, access to retroperitoneum and creation of a working space are the 1:eys to success in retroperitoneal surgery. At SGRH, we have devised a technique of retroperitoneoscopy which is simple, easily learned and requires no special materials. Initial space for introduction of primary trocar is created using our indigenous balloon trocar technique followed by introduction of secondary ports under vision. We present here our technique of various therapeutic retroperioneoscopic procedures i.e. pyelolithototmy, uretrolithotomy, nephrectomy, sympathectomy etc.
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