Vasilios Panagopoulos

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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)
Laser-assisted partial nephrectomy (PN) can benefit from the excellent coagulative properties of lasers to provide a bloodless tumor excision without the necessity for renal artery clamping. In this review, we aim to determine the current clinical implementation of laser assistance during laparoscopic nephron-sparing surgery. An extensive literature(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopy has been developed in an attempt to address one of the main limitations of laparoscopic surgery, which is two-dimensional (2D) vision. Still, data on the learning curve during adaptation of such technology in clinical practice are scarce. In this study, perioperative data from the initial operations(More)
To present our experience with a central, non-calyceal puncture protocol for percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) in an attempt to challenge the opinion of worldwide adopted calyceal puncture as the less traumatic site of percutaneous entrance into the collecting system. During 2012, a total of 137 consecutive, unselected patients were subjected to PCNL in(More)
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