Kevin W. Banks

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This paper describes the geomorphology of the northern, relict, portion of the Florida reef tract that extends along the southeast Florida (USA) continental coast northward to latitude N26° 43.1′. The descriptions are based on high-resolution Laser Airborne Depth Sounding bathymetric data along Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties as well as chirp(More)
PURPOSE We describe a novel technique of laparoscopic renal hypothermia with intracorporeal ice slush during partial nephrectomy as well as clinical experience with the initial 12 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 12 select patients with an infiltrating renal tumor who were candidates for nephron sparing surgery underwent transperitoneal(More)
PURPOSE Ureterocalicostomy is occasionally indicated for reconstruction of recurrent, recalcitrant ureteropelvic junction obstruction associated with postoperative fibrosis and a relatively inaccessible renal pelvis. We investigated the feasibility of performing laparoscopic ureterocalicostomy in a survival porcine model. Anatomical, histological and(More)
PURPOSE Anatrophic nephrolithotomy performed via open surgery involves incising the renal parenchyma along an avascular plane to remove a large, complex renal stone. We determined the feasibility of performing laparoscopic anatrophic nephrolithotomy in a survival porcine model. Furthermore, we present a novel technique of creating a staghorn calculus in the(More)
Previous observations suggest that an immune response against thyroid carcinoma could be important for long-term survival. We recently found that infiltration of thyroid carcinoma by proliferating lymphocytes is associated with improved disease-free survival, but the factors that control lymphocytic infiltration and proliferation are largely unknown. We(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Despite a 10% to 15% failure rate, endopyelotomy remains the treatment of choice for most patients with ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction. We present a novel technique of percutaneous endopyeloplasty, wherein a precise, full-thickness approximation of a standard longitudinal endopyelotomy incision is performed in a horizontal(More)
OBJECTIVES This study describes the early experience of robotic prostatectomy exclusively at a teaching community hospital. METHODS This is a retrospective report of 153 consecutive patients on whom 4 physicians were the operating surgeon. RESULTS The average hospital stay was 1.5 days, the mean operative time was 175 minutes, and the estimated(More)
PURPOSE We evaluate the feasibility of applying minimally invasive techniques for fetal vesicostomy. We also evaluate whether transuterine fetal vesicostomy can be performed laparoscopically. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 25 pregnant ewes were time dated at approximately 90 days of gestation. With the animals under general anesthesia a low open(More)
INTRODUCTION Ten percent to 15% of urinary catheterizations involve complications. New techniques to reduce risks and pain are indicated. This study examines the feasibility and safety of male urinary catheterization by nursing personnel using a visually guided device in a clinical setting. METHODS The device, a 0.6-mm fiber-optic bundle inside a 14F(More)
An increasingly common method to restore eroding beaches is nourishment, a process by which lost sand is replaced with terrestrial or offshore sediments to widen beaches. The southeastern Florida coastline contains shore-parallel coral reef communities adjacent to eroding beaches. Scleractinian corals and other reef-associated organisms are known to(More)