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OBJECTIVE To determine whether an electrode array with a bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) energy source can be used to perform a haemostatic partial nephrectomy by simultaneously ablating and coagulating renal tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS Lower-pole partial nephrectomy was performed in 12 porcine kidneys using a bipolar RFA system. Intraoperative(More)
PURPOSE We report initial ex vivo and in vivo studies using bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation of porcine kidneys. An internal ground electrode is positioned in the kidney opposite the RF electrode, resulting in ablation of all the intervening renal tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ex vivo preparations of 10 porcine kidneys were perfused continuously with(More)
Neuroendocrine (NE) cells containing neurosecretory granules, rich in various peptide hormones and biogenic amines, are components of the human prostate epithelium and prostatic adenocarcinomas. Neuroendocrine differentiation in prostatic adenocarcinomas has been associated with a poor prognosis and, following androgen withdrawal therapy, tumor cell(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies have evaluated the tolerability of rigid versus flexible cystoscopy in men. Similar studies, however, have not been performed in women. We sought to determine whether office-based flexible cystoscopy was better tolerated than rigid cystoscopy in women. MATERIALS AND METHODS Following full IRB approval, women were prospectively(More)
Although significant progress has been made during the last 3 decades in the minimally invasive surgical management of stone disease, the medical prevention of urolithiasis still remains challenging as much less progress has been achieved during the same time period. The purpose of this article is to provide the practicing urologist with practical(More)
INTRODUCTION Teaching laparoscopic skills has become the focus of the latest generation of hands-on laparoscopic courses. METHODS Thirty-four practicing urologists, ages 31 to 61 years (mean, 46.6 years) with laparoscopic experience (range, 0 to 200, mean, 27.6 cases), 32 of whom had taken prior American Urological Association (AUA) laparoscopy courses,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To evaluate outcomes for simple hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy (HALSN). METHODS A retrospective chart review was performed at our institution for all patients who had undergone HALSN from January 2002 to January 2009. Thirty-three patients underwent HALSN during this time period and were matched with 33 patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate, in a posthoc analysis of a previous study, whether vitamin D repletion in postmenopausal women with insufficient vitamin D increases urinary calcium excretion, as vitamin D therapy might contribute to hypercalciuria and calcium stones in susceptible individuals, and the effect of vitamin D on the risk of urolithiasis warrants(More)
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