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OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to assess the value of diffusion-weighted imaging in differentiating among the various subgroups of renal masses. MATERIALS AND METHODS This retrospective study measured the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) of renal masses. Malignant lesions were confirmed with surgical pathology results. Benign cystic(More)
PURPOSE With the rapid and widespread adoption of robotics in surgery, the minimally invasive surgical landscape has changed markedly within the last half decade. This change has had a significant impact on patients, surgeons and surgical trainees. This is no more apparent than in the field of urology. As with the advent of any new surgical technology, it(More)
PURPOSE The primary objective of this study is to determine if training on the Mimic dV-Trainer (MdVT) simulator results in improved ability on the da Vinci surgical system (dVSS) using exercises with inanimate objects. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twelve trainees (MdVT group) and 10 residents and one fellow (dVSS group) were recruited for the study. Each(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the impact of the ureteral access sheath on intrarenal pressures during flexible ureteroscopy in light of the recent resurgence in their use. As such, using human cadaveric kidneys, we studied changes in intrarenal pressure in response to continuous irrigation at different pressures with and without access sheaths of various sizes and(More)
OBJECTIVES To perform a multi-institutional review of the incidence and factors contributing to conversion from laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) to open radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) among eight surgeons. METHODS The medical records from all patients undergoing LRP at seven institutions were reviewed to assess the incidence of open(More)
PURPOSE With the exponential growth of robotic urological surgery, particularly with robot assisted radical prostatectomy, guidelines for safe initiation of this technology are a necessity. Currently no standardized credentialing system exists to our knowledge to evaluate surgeon competency and safety with robotic urological surgery performance. Although(More)
UNLABELLED Study Type--Therapy (case series) Level of Evidence 4. What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Several studies have shown the feasibility of performing both complex and reconstructive laparoendoscopic single site (LESS) surgical procedures in urology. To date, no studies have evaluated the rates of conversion to conventional(More)
OBJECTIVES The benefits of laparoscopic surgery with robotic assistance (da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA) includes elimination of tremor, motion scaling, 3D laparoscopic vision, and instruments with 7 degrees of freedom. The benefit of robotic assistance could be most pronounced with reconstructive procedures, such as(More)
PURPOSE We assessed the usefulness of the LigaSure (Valleylab, Boulder, Colorado) vessel sealing system for vascular control during laparoscopic surgery and compared it with other available hemostatic modalities. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 31 domestic pigs were divided into 5 groups. In groups 1 and 2 the vessel sealing system was compared with(More)
PURPOSE Using nonabsorbable titanium staples in the lower urinary tract during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy has been shown to be safe. Laboratory studies of titanium staples in the upper urinary tract have likewise been favorable. Therefore, we used titanium Endo-GIA tissue staples (United States Surgical, Norwalk, Connecticut) to facilitate laparoscopic(More)