Patrick Villicana

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Bladder cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers worldwide. Furthermore, nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer has a 70% rate of recurrence, making it a considerable strain to the healthcare system. Patients with bladder cancer require repeat cystoscopic examinations of the bladder to monitor for tumor recurrence. The reason these patients have to undergo(More)
PURPOSE We report our experience with laparoscopic pyeloplasty using the daVinci surgical platform. PATIENTS AND METHODS We routinely performed laparoscopic pyeloplasties prior to acquiring the daVinci system. We prospectively evaluated 26 computer-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasties (CLP) performed since acquiring the device in March 2003. There were 15(More)
Bladder cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed malignancy in the United States and one of the most prevalent worldwide. It harbors a probability of recurrence of >50%; thus, rigorous, long-term surveillance of patients is advocated. Flexible cystoscopy coupled with voided urine cytology is the primary diagnostic approach, but cystoscopy is an(More)
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