Effect of obesity and being overweight on complications and survival after surgery in kidney cancer patients

A recent study published in the Journal of Endourology this month shows that obese and overweight patients do not experience higher complication rates or worse kidney function after key-hole (laparoscopic) surgery for stage 2 kidney cancer. This surgery can, therefore, be deemed feasible and safe in this group of patients. Nevertheless, obese and overweight patients […]

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Robotic partial nephrectomy versus open or laparoscopic partial nephrecotmy

A recent literature review and meta-analysis of worldwide data, published in Journal of Urology, reports that undergoing partial nephrectomy using a robotic surgical approach resulted in outcomes that were mostly superior, or at least as good as, those seen with open or laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. The analysis included data from 33 studies including 20,282 patients. Robotic partial nephrectomy […]

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Robotic partial nephrectomy found to be mostly superior to other surgeries

A recent review and meta-analysis by researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, USA, has shown that robotic partial nephrectomy results in mostly better outcomes than either open or laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. The study was published in the Journal of Urology this month. Robotic partial nephrectomy was associated […]

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Robot-assisted surgery for nephrectomy costs more and takes longer

A recent study by researchers at Stanford University Medical School in the USA, has come to the conclusion that robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to remove a patient’s entire kidney requires slightly longer operating times and results in increased costs compared with the use of traditional laparoscopic surgery. However, the study also showed that the two approaches […]

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