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Urology

Volume 5, No 1 - Winter 2003

Volume 5, No 1 - Winter 2003

Table of Contents

Laparoscopic Total and Partial Nephrectomy-- The New Standard? Technique Update
Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy has been shown in long-term follow-up to provide shorter patient hospitalization and effective cancer control with no significant difference in survival compared with open radical nephrectomy. The major technical issue for success of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is hemostatic control, and several techniques have been developed to improve control. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy continues to evolve along two therapeutic technical avenues: hilar clamping with ischemia versus no hilar clamping. The benefits of laparoscopy for the kidney have clearly been demonstrated in terms of less pain, decreased convalescence, and decreased narcotic requirements. With short-term outcomes demonstrating laparoscopic partial nephrectomy as an efficacious procedure, the role of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy should continue to increase. [Rev Urol. 2003;5(1):9–14]