Packing of Renal Fossa: Useful Technique for Intractable Bleeding after Open Pyelolithotomy Surgery

  • Mohinder Kumar Malhotra
  • Suchitra Malhotra


There is no documented study to indicate the role of prolonged packing of renal fossa (24 to 48 hours) to control bleeding in life threating haemorrhage following open pyelolithotomy without compromise in the renal functions. On the contrary emergency nephrectomy was performed for intractable bleeding during renal stone surgery in peripheral hospitals. Several studies have shown the usefulness of temporary packing to control bleeding in liver injuries and following open heart operations. Packing of the renal fossa with laparotomy pads in unstable patients, and transferring the patient to the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) is also described in trauma but not in controlling bleeding after open pyelolithotomy .This study comprises of three such patients whose kidneys were salvaged by a simple procedure of temporary packing of renal fossa for period of 24-48 hours who had developed life threatening haemorrhage after open pyelolithotomy. This technique is simple and worth trying especially for surgeons who are contemplating nephrectomy as prolonged packing has not lead to any compromise in renal functions. The aim of this manuscript is very limited and clear. Packing is not a licence to carry out open pyelolithotomy without proper expertise and local backup or resources. Principles of safe and ethical surgical practice should never be violated as it can lead to medico legal complications.

Keywords: Intractable bleeding, open pyelolithotomy, packing, renal fossa

Nigerian Journal of Surgery, Jan-Jun 2012 | Volume 18 | Issue 1

Author Biographies

Mohinder Kumar Malhotra
Department of Surgery, SGT Medical College, Hospital and Research Institute, Gurgaon, India
Suchitra Malhotra
Department of Anaesthesia, SGT Medical College, Hospital and Research Institute, Gurgaon, India

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eISSN: 1117-6806
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