Laparoscopic Simple Nephrectomy

Transperitoneal and Retroperitoneal Approaches
  • Kevin C. Zorn
  • Arieh L. Shalhav
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)


Seventeen years after the first reported laparoscopic nephrectomy in 1990 by Clayman et al. (1) and over a decade since the first retroperitoneal approach using a dissecting balloon by Gaur et al. (2) minimally invasive approaches to renal pathology continue to prove as an effective alternative to traditional open nephrectomy. Wide dissemination of these surgical techniques and continued improvement in instrumentation has made laparoscopy the preferred approach for treating benign pathologic conditions of the kidney.


Renal Artery Renal Vein Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease Psoas Muscle Retroperitoneal Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin C. Zorn
    • 1
  • Arieh L. Shalhav
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Chicago Minimally Invasive Urology ProgramUniversity of Chicago Hospitals and Weiss Memorial HospitalChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Minimally Invasive UrologyUniversity of Chicago Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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