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PURPOSE To present experience with the percutaneous management of iatrogenic ureteral injuries. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eighteen women and six men with a mean age of 59.3 years (range 33-80 years) received a diagnosis of ureteral injury sustained during gynecologic, urologic, and general surgical procedures. In a total of 25 injured ureters, 12 had(More)
OBJECTIVE To present the experience with the extraperitoneal approach for robotic-assisted simple prostatectomy (RASP) in a technique replicating the vesicocapsular incision technique of open surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS RASP was performed on patients with a prostate volume of >80 cm(3) with an indication for open enucleation of the prostate.(More)
OBJECTIVES We report the outcome of 2400 endoscopic extraperitoneal radical prostatectomy (EERPE) cases performed in three institutions, with emphasis on the evolution of the EERPE technique. METHODS In total, 2400 EERPE procedures were performed in three institutions. Several surgeons performed the operations. The presented cases also include the(More)
BACKGROUND The Resonance metallic ureteral stent (Cook Medical, Bloomington, Indiana, USA) has been introduced for the management of extrinsic-etiology ureteral obstruction for time periods up to 12 mo. OBJECTIVE The current study aims to determine short- and medium-term effectiveness of the Resonance stent in malignant and benign ureteral obstruction. (More)
PURPOSE Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) has emerged in the recent years as an alternative approach to conventional laparoscopic surgery which is accompanied by additional advantages over laparoscopy. In this work we attempt to review the current literature and to investigate the possible combination of LESS to other currently available(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Ureteral reconstructive surgery necessitates adequate exposure of the ureteral lesion and results in large abdominal incisions. Robot assistance allows the performance of complex ureteral reconstructive surgery through small incisions. The current series includes only cases of Boari flaps performed by robot assistance and attempts to(More)
PURPOSE Ureteral patency in malignant ureteral obstruction cases is a therapeutic challenge. We report our long-term experience with palliative treatment for extrinsic malignant ureteral obstruction with percutaneous placement of metal mesh stents. MATERIALS AND METHODS From January 1996 to December 2005, 90 patients with a mean age of 59 years (range 35(More)
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is generally considered a safe technique offering the highest stone-free rates after the first treatment as compared to the other minimal invasive lithotripsy techniques. Still, serious complications although rare should be expected following this percutaneous procedure. In this work, the most common and important(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic-endoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) represents the closest surgical technique to scar-free surgery. OBJECTIVE To assess the feasibility of LESS radical nephrectomy (LESS-RN). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Ten patients with body mass index (BMI) < or = 30 underwent LESS-RN for renal tumour by two experienced laparoscopists.(More)
We herein review our experience with endoscopic extraperitoneal radical prostatectomy (EERPE) as a first line therapy for localized prostate cancer. A series of 1,300 patients underwent EERPE ("wide excision", standard nervesparing technique (nsEERPE), or intrafascial nsEERPE). The mean age of the patients was 63.3 years. Preoperative PSA mean value was(More)