Brett A Laven

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PURPOSE Rapid intracorporeal suturing represents a challenge when performing laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN). During warm ischemia time (WIT) knot tying is a major time-consuming step. We present our technique of eliminating knot tying during LPN and the outcomes of our initial series. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between October 2002 and October 2003, 32(More)
PURPOSE Prior studies have demonstrated that while endoureterotomy offers a reasonable initial treatment option, open anastomotic revision should remain the gold standard for managing ureteroenteric strictures. However, to our knowledge the results of contemporary endoureterotomy series have not been compared with those of open anastomotic revision, and no(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether previously described technical modifications that significantly decreased the positive surgical margin (PSM) rate have translated into improved long-term cancer control, as SM status is generally recognized as an independent risk factor for biochemical recurrence (BR) after radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP), and is the(More)
PURPOSE Since 1999 we have made 2 modifications in the nerve sparing approach to radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP), namely early release of the neurovascular bundles (NVBs) before division of the posterior membranous urethra and the use of 2.5x optical loupe magnification during NVB preservation. We retrospectively reviewed our results. MATERIALS AND(More)
Intestinal resection (IR) may lead to hyperoxaluria and nephrolithiasis. A rat model of IR was developed, in which kidney stones form. We describe the urine chemistries and histopathologic features. Rats underwent resection of 40–45 cm of distal ileum (n=16) or sham resection (SR) (n=8), and were then fed a 1% Na oxalate, 0.02% Ca diet. After 1 week on the(More)
PURPOSE Lower urinary tract symptoms and obesity are prominent health problems. Low birth weight increases the adult risk of adiposity and insulin resistance, which may increase sympathetic activity and potentially lower urinary tract symptoms. Results of obesity and lower urinary tract symptoms studies are conflicting, and low birth weight and lower(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe modifications in the apical dissection of radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) in men with palpable disease that reduce the incidence of positive apical surgical margins. Positive surgical margins occur in up to 45% of patients undergoing RRP, even in contemporary series. The apex is the most common site of positive margins, and(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the outcome of men with bladder calculi who did not undergo transurethral resection of the prostate after endoscopic stone removal. Bladder calculi associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have historically been an absolute indication for transurethral resection of the prostate. METHODS A retrospective analysis of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The argon-beam coagulator (ABC) is widely used in laparoscopic surgery as a method of electrocoagulation. Argon gas possesses properties that make it suitable as an alternative for establishing pneumoperitoneum. We present a case in which an ABC was used to deliver argon gas urgently in order to salvage an acutely compromised(More)