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Surgical Help for Intractable Nephrolithiasis
A proportion of patients with intractable metabolic stone disease experience narcotic dependence. With careful patient selection, renal autotransplantation and pyelovesicostomy may offer resolution of chronic pain, fewer subsequent stone treatment procedures, improved quality of life and reduced daily narcotic use.
Changes to Donor Kidney and Lung Allocation Programs
Cleveland Clinic transplant experts explain changes to donor kidney and lung allocation and what your patients should know.
Improving the Health of Living Kidney Donors
Cleveland Clinic research finds that simple lifestyle modifications, especially weight loss, can lessen most metabolic syndrome abnormalities, making dietary and activity changes an important pre- and post-transplant strategy to improve living kidney donors’ health.
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Saving as Many Nephrons as Possible
The quantity of preserved nephrons correlates directly with functional recovery after partial nephrectomy. Precision of tumor excision and renal reconstruction to save as much vascularized parenchyma as possible is critical and can be optimized by high-quality imaging and meticulous surgical technique.
Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Live Donor Nephrectomy Is Demanding But Feasible
Laparoendoscopic single-site live donor nephrectomy (LESS-LDN) using a GelPort® device as the access platform is feasible and safe, and offers exit strategies for easy conversion in case of difficulty. The technique is attractive for surgeons who have performed standard or hand-assisted laparoscopic LDN and would like to advance to the next level.
Researcher Proposes Specific Definition of Heminephrectomy
A heminephrectomy performed for a tumor in a nonduplicated system may be defined by excision of the upper or lower pole of the kidney, removing at least 30 percent of the parenchymal mass, cutting to hilar fat and transecting the collecting system.