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October 9, 1948


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Section on Urology, Mayo Clinic (Drs. Braasch and Greene), and the Mayo Foundation (Dr. Goyanna, Fellow in Urology).

JAMA. 1948;138(6):399-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060003002

A listless meeting of urologists can be suddenly animated by the simple word "nephropexy." This usually will bring forth varying shades of opinion, many of which are extreme. The proponents of the operation will cite figures to show that the percentage of patients cured by this operation is as high as, or indeed higher than, that following most surgical procedures. In their opinion, the poor results from nephropexy result from improper selection of patients or poor surgical technic. The opponents of the operation are equally convinced that nephropexy results in only a small percentage of cures and that the failures are an inherent property of an ill conceived operation.

The urologic literature contains numerous reports which are enthusiastic about the brilliant results achieved by nephropexy. It will suffice to refer to but two of these reports. Mathé,1 employing a technic for nephropexy which he devised in 139 cases, was