Stefanie Petrou Binder, MD
Bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate reduces complications
In men with bladder outlet obstruction associated with BPH, the PlasmaKinetic system appears to minimize many of the complications associated with transurethral resection of the prostate.
Lap partial nephrectomy results improve with experience
Amsterdam, Netherlands--Researchers performing removal of challenging renal tumors using laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN) in 300 consecutive cases have found that, compared with the first 100 cases, blood loss and overall complications decreased despite increased complexity of treating surgically difficult small renal tumors.
Ureteroscopy trainers show similar effectiveness
Amsterdam, Netherlands--A model-based training format and an interactive virtual reality simulator trainer that were developed to teach basic ureteroscopy skills showed no significant points of difference when compared in use by inexperienced medical students, reported researchers from the University of California, Irvine.
Excising peri-renal fat essential in pT2, pT3a tumors
Amsterdam, Netherlands--Preoperative computed tomography scans may be inconclusive in distinguishing between stage pT2 and pT3a renal tumors. When performing laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, surgeons from the Cleveland Clinic recommend removing all peri-nephritic fat during the excision of locally advanced tumors, a step that they say is essential in duplicating open surgical oncologic principles.
Hands-on lap course has 'high impact' on practices
Amsterdam, Netherlands--Participants in an AUA-sponsored laparoscopic videotape mentoring course, offered as part of a skills-based learning course, report an increase in their laparoscopic caseload and in the performance of clinical laparoscopic suturing.
Hazards make finding the right laser sheath critical
Amsterdam, Netherlands--A protective polyamide laser sheath for use during flexible ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy showed little effect on deflection characteristics but markedly impaired irrigation flow in a new study from Canada.
No reconstruction modality for PCNL is perfect
Amsterdam, Netherlands--Three-dimensional computed tomography reconstruction of the pelvicalyceal system helps in the planning and execution of percutaneous nephrolithotomy, but the relative value of each reconstruction method is not known.
Patients are still unsure about robotic technology
Amsterdam, Netherlands--The extent to which American patients comprehend the technology behind robot-assisted radical prostatectomy is surprisingly limited, according to a prospective questionnaire evaluation from St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY.

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