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A Journal on Nephrology and Urology

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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2008 December;60(4):273-9

language: English

Laparoscopic nephrectomy

Pareek G.

Department of Surgery Division of Urology Section of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Providence, RI, USA


Since the introduction of the laparoscopic nephrectomy (LN) procedure by Clayman et al in 1991, the role of laparoscopy in the field of urology has continued to evolve over the last decade with the ever increasing complexity of operations performed. LN involves a myriad of procedures including simple, donor and radical nephrectomy. Furthermore, as reported by Nakada et al in 1997, LN may be performed with hand-assistance. This article reviews the current status of LN in urology; specifically the indications, techniques, and complications associated the various procedures. The information presented in this report will provide the clinician with the necessary information to counsel all patients considering a laparoscopic approach to their renal pathology.

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