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The disadvantages of standard percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) as compared with ureteroscopy or extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy include increased blood loss, greater pain, and longer hospital stay. A 13-Fr “mini-perc” technique using a ureteroscopy sheath for PCNL was developed in an attempt to address these drawbacks. Nine “mini-percs” have been(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop a less invasive method for performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) with the intent of decreasing the morbidity of the procedure in young children. METHODS A novel percutaneous renal access technique ("mini-perc") was developed using an 11F peel-away vascular access sheath. Tract dilation and insertion of the sheath into the(More)
The aim of this study is to compare the performance of unenhanced spiral CT to the combination of HASTE MR urography (MRU) and plain abdominal radiography (KUB) in patients suspected of having acute calculus ureteric obstruction. 64 patients with suspected acute calculus ureteric obstruction were evaluated. The presence of perirenal fluid, presence and(More)
PURPOSE We compared perioperative outcomes in patients undergoing ureterorenoscopy and Ho:YAG lithotripsy for renal calculi with or without anticoagulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS We reviewed the records of all patients undergoing flexible ureterorenoscopy and Ho:YAG lithotripsy for renal calculi at 2 institutions from 2001 to 2007. We identified 37(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is currently the gold standard for management of large renal calculi. PCNL is associated, however, with a higher complication rate, degree of risk, and longer recovery period compared with ureteroscopy. In a selected group of patients who were not ideal candidates for PCNL because of extenuating(More)
PURPOSE Open partial nephrectomy has emerged as the standard of care in the management of renal tumors smaller than 4 cm. While laparoscopic radical nephrectomy has been shown to be comparable to open radical nephrectomy with respect to long-term outcomes, important questions remain unanswered regarding the oncological efficacy of laparoscopic partial(More)
Objective. Present our experience managing bladder cancer following liver and renal transplantation. Methods. Single institution retrospective review of patients diagnosed with bladder urothelial carcinoma (BUC) following solid organ transplantation between January 1992 and December 2007. Results. Of the 2,925 renal and 2,761 liver transplant recipients(More)
The potential impact of nanotechnology in the field of urology is broad with diagnostic and therapeutic benefits that have only recently begun to be explored. Application of nanotechnology principles to tissue and vessel sealing during laparoscopic procedures may reduce associated thermal injury and inflammatory response. We report our initial experience(More)
PURPOSE It was suggested that patients with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt are at risk for increased intracranial pressure during pneumoperitoneum. Shunt pressure monitoring and ventricular drainage to maintain normal pressure were recommended. We evaluated a series of patients with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt who underwent laparoscopic surgery to determine(More)