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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54
 

Novel use of gelatine sponge as primary dressing in Hypospadias surgery


Department of Pediatric Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication27-Nov-2014

Correspondence Address:
Prema Menon
Room no. 3103, Level 3-A, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Advanced Pediatric Centre, P.G.I.M.E.R., Chandigarh - 160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.145568

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Menon P, Rao KL. Novel use of gelatine sponge as primary dressing in Hypospadias surgery . J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2015;20:54

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Menon P, Rao KL. Novel use of gelatine sponge as primary dressing in Hypospadias surgery . J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 20];20:54. Available from: http://www.jiaps.com/text.asp?2015/20/1/54/145568


Sir,

Our routine practice following urethroplasty for hypospadias has been application of an antibiotic ointment, Vaseline or antibiotic impregnated gauze followed by 2-3 layers of sterile gauze and a compression dressing. Oozing of blood during application of dressing is often noted, especially after recent testosterone treatment. Although compression dressing takes care of this problem, maximum difficulty is often faced during the first change of dressing. This is invariably prolonged, painful and stressful for the patient as well as the doctor performing it as the dressing is adherent to the operated site and difficult to remove.

Dressing materials which fall out spontaneously, e.g. cyanoacrylate, can improve patient comfort. [1] Those that provide compression and also have additional adsorbent properties ease removal of first dressing. Use of silastic foam and Allevyn (a trilaminate commercial dressing) has been reported in this regard. [2],[3] However, these are not easily available and are expensive.

We have recently started using sterile absorbable hemostatic gelatine sponge as dressing. This is commonly available in most operation theatres and has been traditionally used in internal cavities for minor ooze. It has been proven to be safe for human use and is known to absorb 30-40 times its weight of water and is not very expensive. After completion of urethroplasty, the sponge cut to appropriate size was placed over the Vaseline gauze and sometimes even as the first layer over the operated area. Gauze pieces and compression dressing were then applied. We usually change the dressing between the 3rd and 5th post-operative day. This was found to be extremely easy with no adherence of the dressing to the operated site in 20 patients [age range 2-11 years (median 4 years)] who recently underwent surgery for hypospadias with a minimum follow-up period of 1 month. They included urethroplasty for distal hypospadias (14), proximal hypospadias (2) and chordee correction (4). The wound was found to be less edematous compared to standard dressing. Importantly, there were no problems of skin healing.

Use of gelatine sponge as dressing following hypospadias surgery has not been reported in the literature to the best of our knowledge. We have found it to be economical and very advantageous during change of first post-operative dressing.



 
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Hosseini SM, Rasekhi AR, Zarenezhad M, Hedjazi A. Cyanoacrylate glue dressing for hypospadias surgery. N Am J Med Sci 2012;4:320-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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De Sy WA, Oosterlinck W. Silicone foam Elastomer: A significant improvement in postoperative penile dressing. J Urol 1982;128:39-40.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Fathi K, Tsang T. A technique for applying a non-adherent tri-laminate dressing for hypospadias repair. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2009;91:164-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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