Laparoscopic bladder diverticulectomy assisted by cystoscopic transillumination
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doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2014.02.22

Rafael B. Rebouças, Rodrigo C. Monteiro, Thiago N. S. de Souza, Camila R. T. Burity, João B. R. M. Lisboa, Giovanna B. M. Pequeno, Luciano G. de Figueiredo, Emanuel R. M. Silva, Cesar A. Britto

Department of Urology, Edson Ramalho Military Police Hospital, Faculty of Medical Sciences of Paraíba, João Pessoa, PB, Brazil


            Acquired bladder diverticula are herniations of the bladder mucosa through detrusor muscle. Due to the ineffective emptying of the bladder diverticulum, urine accumulation may lead to urinary tract infection, stone disease, and lower urinary tract malignancy in the diverticulum (1). The symptomatic bladder diverticula may require surgical treatment. Surgical approaches include open operation via an extravesical or a transvesical approach for large diverticula or endoscopically with transurethral fulguration for small diverticula (2).
Herein, we present a video of a Laparoscopic Bladder Diverticulectomy for recurrent urinary tract infection, aided by concurrent cystoscopy.


            Female patient, 37 years old, complaining of recurrent urinary tract infection for three years. A bladder diverticulum was found on ultrasonography. Cystoscopy revealed a posterior right-side diverticulum next to the ipsilateral ureteral ostium. A laparoscopic bladder diverticulectomy with the aid of intraoperative cystoscopy was proposed.

Surgical Technique

            Under general anesthesia, the patient was placed in lithotomy and Trendelenburg position. An umbilical incision was used for pneumoperitoneum creation and insertion of a 10mm trocar. Three other 5mm trocars were inserted at positions equidistant between the navel and the pubis, and between the umbilicus and the iliac crests bilaterally. Concomitant cystoscopy was performed for location of the diverticulum by transillumination and help to identify the diverticular neck. The diverticulum was dissected both sharply and bluntly until the whole diverticulum was freed. After completion the ressection, a catheter was inserted in the right ureter near the diverticulum to assess inadvertent lesions.
            The mouth of the diverticulum was closed by 2-0 double-layered absorbable running suture and a suction drain was placed through a lateral 5mm port.


            The surgery was uneventful. The operative time was 120 minutes with minimal blood loss. There was no postoperative leakage, the drain was removed after 24 hours and the patient discharged.
            The indwelling catheter was removed after 7 days and the patient progresses without voiding complaints or new infectious episodes in a follow-up of 10 months.


            Laparoscopic diverticulectomy is technically feasible and safe. The concomitant use of cystoscopy facilitates the identification and location of the diverticulum, thereby minimizing dissection of the bladder and decreasing operative time. Cystoscopy may also be useful in the delineation of margins in cases of neoplasia within the diverticulum.


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  2. Abdel-Hakim AM, El-Feel A, Abouel-Fettouh H, Saad I: Laparoscopic vesical diverticulectomy. J Endourol. 2007; 21: 85-9.


Available at:

Int Braz J Urol. 2014; 40 (Video #5): 281-2


Submitted for publication:
December 16, 2013


Accepted after revision:
January 25, 2014


Correspondence address:
Rafael B. Rebouças, MD
Department of Urology,
Edson Ramalho Military Police Hospital,
Faculty of Medical Sciences of Paraíba,
João Pessoa, PB, Brazil
Rua Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, 188 / 508 - Tambaú
João Pessoa, PB, 58039-110, Brazil



Editorial Comment

            Dr. Rebouças and colleagues present an elegant video demonstrating a safe and efficacious means of diverticulectomy. This technique is performed under direct visualization both laparoscopically and cystoscopically. It is exciting to see how well and confidently this surgery can be performed by using the technique herein described. Important caveats to keep in mind are to consider the reason for the diverticulum and secondary causes should be addressed. Furthermore, any potential for malignancy should be assessed. When using this technique with the aforementioned precautions, a minimally invasive approach to addressing this problem can be performed while minimizing morbidity. Overall the authors should be congratulated for this innovative technique.


A. Karim Kader, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA