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Laparoscopic pelvic nephrectomy: essential preoperative and intraoperative considerations
Department of Urology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Jun  2012 (Vol.  19, Issue  3, Pages( 6299 - 6302)
PMID: 22704319


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  • Pelvic kidneys are typically asymptomatic, but surgical intervention may be required in select cases. Laparoscopic pelvic nephrectomy is a feasible option. Given the highly variable vascular anatomy, careful surgical planning and meticulous technique are necessary. We present our experience with this minimally invasive approach. A 46-year-old male with a painful, non-functioning left pelvic kidney initially underwent left ureteral stent placement. He was noncompliant and lost to follow up. He re-presented and elected for laparoscopic pelvic nephrectomy. The procedure was performed without complications. Key features included detailed preoperative vascular imaging, ureteral catheterization, optimal port placement, and dissection from a cephalad to caudal direction. Laparoscopic nephrectomy is a safe and efficacious treatment for diseased pelvic kidneys.