A single surgeon's experience with open, laparoscopic, and robotic partial nephrectomy

Zachary Klaassen, Robert M. Kohut, Dhruti Patel, Martha K. Terris, Rabii Hussein Madi

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Objective. To report the perioperative outcomes of patients treated with partial nephrectomy by a single surgeon using three surgical modalities-open, laparoscopic, and robotic. Methods. Between August 2006 and February 2012, 106 consecutive patients underwent open partial nephrectomy (OPN) (P = 23), laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN) (P = 48), and robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) (P = 35) by a single surgeon. Clinical variables, operative parameters, and renal functional outcomes were analyzed. Results. Preoperative patient characteristics were similar except for baseline glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which was highest in the RPN group (P = 0.004). Surgery time was longest in the RPN group (244 minutes) and shortest in theOPN group (163 minutes, P < 0.0001). Patients who had OPN had the highest incidence of 30-day complications (30%), while the RPN approach had the lowest (14%, P = 0.008). Conclusions. When performed by a single surgeon, robotic partial nephrectomy appears to be associated with fewer complications than both open and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Kidney function was not affected by surgical approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number430914
JournalISRN Urology
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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