The Use of Self Retaining Sutures in Open and Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
Kidney Neoplasms
Conditions: official terms
Kidney Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
nephrectomy, self retaining sutures, laparoscopy
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 4
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: Quill knotless tissue-closure device Type: Device
Name: 2-0 absorbable vicryl suture Type: Device
Overall Status
Not yet recruiting
The objective of this study is to assess whether using a different type of suture (barbed sutures) during partial nephrectomy results in fewer postoperative complications than with traditional sutures (non-barbed). The most common complications are urine leakage and bleeding. The investigators believe the barbed suture is less technically difficult to use and will allow the surgeon to better repair the hole left in the kidney after the tumor is removed.
Detailed Description
With the increased use of radiographic imaging for abdominal complaints the incidental finding of small asymptomatic renal masses has increased. Partial nephrectomy has become the gold standard therapy for treatment of kidney masses ≤7cm in size. Absolute indications for partial nephrectomy include bilateral renal tumors, systemic condition affecting renal function, chronic renal insufficiency and solitary kidney function. Elective indications include masses ≤7cm and normal contralateral kidney function. The procedure can be completed through either laparoscopic or open technique. Complication rates from open and partial nephrectomy have been reported to be about 16% with the most common being urinary leak, postoperative bleeding, renal insufficiency and the need for dialysis.

A major predictor of postoperative complications is the warm ischemia time. This is the length of time the kidney is without blood flow at body temperature. It has been reported that renal and cellular damage of the nephron begins after 20-30 minutes of ischemia. As well, the volume of estimated blood loss has been shown to be a major predictor of postoperative complications. A threshold value of estimated blood loss >750 mL and warm ischemia time >45 minutes have been associated with significantly increased rates of postoperative complications. Recent advancements in laparoscopic technique have lead to the development of the early unclamping method of partial nephrectomy. In this method the renal pedicle is unclamped following the initial central running suture but before the defect has been entirely repaired with bolstering sutures. This method has been reported to decrease warm ischemia time by ≥50% in comparison to the traditional technique of unclamping after full closure of the defect.

The investigators have demonstrated the safety of the "Quill" (Angiotech, Vancouver, BC) polydioxanone barbed self retaining sutures in a retrospective series. These sutures contain unidirectionally oriented barbs on the surface that switch direction at the half-way point. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is a technically demanding procedure and maintaining tension during intracorporeal suturing is particularly challenging. The barbs of the self retaining sutures lock into the tissue allowing the surgeon to preserve tissue approximation without needing to maintain tension. The investigators believe these sutures will allow the surgeon to obtain greater tissue approximation therefore decreasing postoperative urinary leakage and bleeding. These findings need to be validated postoperatively.

The investigators believe that coupling the shorter warm ischemia time of the early unclamping method and the greater tissue approximation afforded by the self retaining sutures will result in fewer complications following partial nephrectomy.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: N/A
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- any person who is being treated for kidney cancer with partial nephrectomy.

Exclusion Criteria:

- those from whom we cannot obtain adequate informed consent.

- those that are converted from partial to radical nephrectomy intraoperatively.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Status: Not yet recruiting
Start Date
September 2011
Completion Date
March 2013
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page