Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 783–786 | Cite as

Robotic surgery in patients with achondroplastic dwarfism: evaluation of risks and issues in an anatomical challenging bilateral partial nephrectomy

  • Salvatore Smelzo
  • Guglielmo ManticaEmail author
  • Nazareno Suardi
  • Giovanni Passaretti
  • Davide De Marchi
  • Giovannalberto Pini
  • Davide Oreggia
  • Franco Gaboardi
Case Report


The reports on the performance of robotic surgery in patients with dwarfism are anecdotal; anesthesiological issues and a challenging anatomy are the main factors that lead most of surgeons to prefer a more traditional approach. We present a case of bilateral robotic partial nephrectomy in a patient affected by achondroplastic dwarfism and aim to evaluate risks and issues in this type of surgery.


Achondroplasia Robotic partial nephrectomy RAPN Robotic surgery Dwarfism 


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Conflict of interest

Authors declare that they have no competing interest.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this case report/any accompanying images. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor-in-Chief of this journal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologySan Raffaele Turro Hospital, San Raffaele UniversityMilanoItaly

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