Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy: Current Perspectives and Future Prospects

Gagan Gautam, Brian M. Benway, Sam B. Bhayani, Kevin C. Zorn

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The widespread adoption of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN) has been curtailed by its technical complexity. With the introduction of robotic technology, there is a potential for a shorter learning curve for minimally invasive nephron-sparing surgery (NSS). Initial published data on robot-assisted partial nephrectomy show promising perioperative outcomes comparable to large LPN series performed by highly experienced laparoscopic surgeons. Intraoperative parameters (operating room time, warm ischemia time, and blood loss) and short-term oncologic results demonstrate that this technique, unlike LPN, has a relatively short learning curve. Economic factors, as well as the necessity of an experienced bedside assistant, present the potential shortcomings of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-740
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009


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