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Laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy: technical issues and outcome

Abstract

The laparoscopic approach has been established as a treatment modality for the performance of radical nephrectomy during the recent years, while laparoscopic partial nephrectomy represents an alternative under investigation in several centers of laparoscopic excellence around the world. Significant advantages of laparoscopic surgery when compared to the classical open approach have extensively documented for over 2 decades. Nevertheless, laparoscopy is an evolving surgical field, which is characterized by the rapid adaptation of technical innovations. Laparoscopic renal surgery includes approaches for radical and partial nephrectomy with oncological outcome similar to open surgery and decreased postoperative morbidity and therefore can be considered for the same indications as open surgery. Several issues regarding the technical feasibility and refinement as well as the oncological efficacy of these procedures are presented.

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This is a review paper invited by Dr. Burchardt—Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, MD, FRCS.

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Liatsikos, E., Kallidonis, P., Do, M. et al. Laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy: technical issues and outcome. World J Urol 31, 785–791 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-011-0754-4

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Keywords

  • Laparoscopic
  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy