Sashi S. Kommu

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Although the advantages of laparoscopic surgery are well documented, one disadvantage is that, for optimum performance, an experienced camera driver is required who can provide the necessary views for the operating surgeon. In this paper we describe our experience with urological laparoscopic techniques using the novel EndoAssist robotic camera holder and(More)
In recent years, robots have made substantial in-roads in the medical field and are gradually finding their way into clinical practice. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® surgical robot broke ground in 1998 by performing the first tele-robotic surgery to repair a heart valve (Salisbury, 1998; Guthart & Salisbury, 2000). Accuray’s CyberKnife radiotherapy robot(More)
We reviewed the preliminary advances in laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) as applied to renal surgery, and analyzed current publications based on animal models and human patients. We searched published reports in major urological meeting abstracts, Embase and Medline (1966 to 25 August 2008), with no language restrictions. Keyword searches(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The current first-line recommended modality for nephrectomy is by the laparoscopic approach. This is one of the most frequent laparoscopic interventions conducted in urology. From a skills acquisition and delivery perspective in minimally invasive urologic surgery, there is a paucity of objective scoring systems for advanced(More)
This review deals with the preliminary advances in laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) as applied to prostate surgery including the simple and radical prostatectomy approaches both robot assisted and robot independent. It analyzed current publications based on animal models and human patients. The authors searched published reports in major(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess risk factors and predictors of failure of the Hem-o-lok(TM) vascular clip (Weck Closure Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA) using vessels harvested from a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Vessels of various diameters were harvested from a porcine model, clipped at 90 degrees or 45 degrees using the Hem-o-lok clip and then cut(More)