Laparoscopic Nephrectomy: Initial Report of Pelviscopic Organ Ablation in the Pig

Ralph V. Clayman, Louis R. Kavoussi, Stephenie R. Long, Steven M. Dierks, Shimon Meretyk, Nathaniel J. Soper

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In seven female pigs, a laparoscopic nephrectomy was attempted. The procedure was successful in six: extraction of the intact kidney via a 4.5-cm incision (two animals) and complete mor cell at ion and evacuation of the kidney via a 1-cm incision (four animals). In one animal, the entrapment bag tore, and only 40% of the kidney could be extracted. The average procedure time was 2 hours 48 minutes. The combination of laparoscopy, an efficient tissue morcellator, and an effective means of entrapment of the dissected organ have made laparoscopic nephrectomy a realizable and reproducible technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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