Eur J Pediatr Surg 2008; 18(6): 402-406
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1039028
Original Article

© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Laparoscopically Assisted Gradual Controlled Traction on the Testicular Vessels: A New Concept in the Management of Abdominal Testis. A Preliminary Report

S. M. Shehata1
  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
Further Information

Publication History

received May 20, 2008

accepted after revision August 23, 2008

Publication Date:
14 November 2008 (online)


Introduction: The study was performed to assess the benefit of gradual traction for the management of abdominal testis by lengthening instead of dividing the testicular vessels. Patients and Methods: After approval by the ethical committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alexandria, and after parents signed a detailed informed consent, ten children with unilateral intra-abdominal testis were operated upon laparoscopically. The gubernaculum and the lower pole of the testis were attached with a 2/0 Prolene stitch which exited above the contralateral anterior superior spine. Gradual traction on the tension stitch was achieved over 14 days. A laparoscopy was performed after 14 days to check the new position of the testis and to locate the testis intrascrotally. Follow-up was done after 6–12 months to check the position and size of the testis, and color Doppler was performed to check the vascularity. Results: Ages ranged between 1 and 5 years (mean 2.3 yrs). Three testes were right-sided and 7 left-sided. In one case slipping of the traction suture occurred and the patient had conversion to a conventional Fowler-Stephens technique. Nine cases showed adequate elongation after traction and were successfully positioned in the scrotum. Follow-up was 6–12 months (mean 8.7 months). On follow-up, 9 testes were found intrascrotally with a normal size and consistency. Doppler study showed normal vascularity, both venous and arterial. Conclusion: This preliminary study showed that the technique of gradual controlled traction on the testicular vessels is very promising to achieve elongation and medialization of the testicular vessels instead of division. The measurable elongation allowed intrascrotal placement of the testis without tension. The technique cannot yet be recommended for routine use. Further comparative studies with a larger patient series are mandatory before the technique can be generally recommended.


Prof. Sameh M. Shehata

Department of Pediatric Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Alexandria


21131 Alexandria