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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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AGUILERA BAZAN, Alfredo et al. Laparoscopic nephroureterectomy: new position for the management of distal ureter. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2007, vol.60, n.6, pp.675-678. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: The main challenge of laparoscopic nephroureterectomy is the management of distal ureter, which also will have an important repercussion in the oncological outcome of many cases. We present our experience in such aspect, considering that we performed the last five laparoscopic nephroureterectomies in forced Trendelemburg position, resulting in a more comfortable and safe management of the distal ureter. Methods: Between August and December 2006 we performed five purely laparoscopic nephroureterectomies with bladder cuff positioning the patient in forced Trendelemburg, a position similar to that of laparoscopic radical cystectomy or prostatectomy. Results: Mean surgical time was 182 minutes (170-210). Mean blood loss was 100 cc and no patient required transfusion. Mean hospital stay was four days. Conclusions: We believe this position is a good alternative for the management of the distal ureter during the laparoscopic approach. The technique is very similar to open surgery, which continues being the gold standard today.

Keywords : Retroperitoneal laparoscopic surgery; Renal surgery; Nephroureterectomy.

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