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


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.

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Smelzo, S., Mantica, G., Suardi, N. et al. Robotic surgery in patients with achondroplastic dwarfism: evaluation of risks and issues in an anatomical challenging bilateral partial nephrectomy. J Robotic Surg 13, 783–786 (2019).

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  • Achondroplasia
  • Robotic partial nephrectomy
  • RAPN
  • Robotic surgery
  • Dwarfism