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BACKGROUND Controversy exists regarding the need for ureteral stent insertion after routine ureteroscopic stone surgery. We designed a questionnaire to assess and better understand the practice patterns of urologists for stent applications. MATERIALS AND METHODS A 26-question survey was distributed to 570 community and academic urologists. The answers(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze outcomes and complications of percutaneous (PRC) and laparoscopic renal cryoablation (LRC) using the radius, endophytic, nearness to collecting system, anterior/posterior, and location (RENAL) nephrometry system. METHODS Retrospective multicenter analysis of 154 consecutive patients who underwent either ultrasound-guided LRC (n = 88)(More)
BACKGROUND Using a selective α-blocker for medical expulsive therapy (MET) is a cost-effective treatment approach widely used for ureteral stones. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of silodosin, a selective α-1a receptor antagonist, in this setting. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS This was a multicenter, phase 2 study conducted in adult patients with(More)
In order to further our understanding of the physiology of corporal veno-occlusion, we developed a theory of a possible contribution to corporal venous outflow resistance which occurs as the result of venule stretching with resultant luminal narrowing when penile volume increases during the erection process. We stretched non-biological tubes and rabbit(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effect of ureteral access sheaths (UASs) on stone-free rates (SFRs) during ureteroscopic treatment of renal calculi. Several advantages of UASs during flexible ureteroscopy have been documented. However, no study has evaluated their impact on SFRs. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed all ureteroscopic cases for the management of(More)
PURPOSE Extrinsic ureteral obstruction can be a challenging entity for the urologist since half of the ureteral stents placed for malignant obstruction fail. We evaluated the resistance to radial compression of various stents. MATERIALS AND METHODS Silhouette(R) 4.6Fr, 6Fr and 8Fr, Sof-Curl Tecoflex 6Fr, Resonance 6Fr, Polaris Ultra 6Fr and 7Fr, and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE As radiologic detection of small renal masses increases, patients are increasingly offered percutaneous renal cryoablation (PRC) or transperitoneal laparoscopic renal cryoablation (TLRC). This multicenter experience compares these approaches. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between September 1998 and May 2010, review of our PRC and TLRC(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify whether RENAL nephrometry score is associated with partial nephrectomy (PN) technique. RENAL nephrometry score quantifies anatomic characteristics of renal tumors. Data are limited regarding clinical utility for surgical planning. METHODS Multicenter analysis of patients undergoing PN for renal masses from March 2003 to May 2011.(More)
PURPOSE Living in a desert environment has been associated with a higher incidence of kidney stone formation, likely because of concentrated urine output, higher production of vitamin D and genetic predisposition. We determined the changes in urinary parameters after a group of United States Marines temporarily transitioned from a temperate environment to a(More)
PURPOSE Hand assisted laparoscopy (HAL) has recently been accepted as a safe alternative for nephrectomy. HAL courses have been offered at several institutions to train novice laparoscopic surgeons in this minimally invasive surgical procedure. Mentoring by a course instructor or an experienced laparoscopist provides assistance to surgeons with their(More)