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    Laparoscopy/robotics studies explore the limits of minimally invasive surgery

    This article is part of the State of Urology 2014

    J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MDDr. WolfUrologists continue to push the limits of minimally invasive surgery, and key papers presented at the AUA meeting will explore the functional and cancer control outcomes associated with minimally invasive and robotic procedures in prostate cancer and renal cell carcinoma. When to use such approaches remains a source of controversy.

    “Urologists continue to struggle to find the right place for surgical robots in our practice,” said J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MD, professor of urology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “Additionally, we continue to explore novel concepts to make our procedures more effective, safer, or easier.”

    Here are the abstracts Dr. Wolf says to watch for this year:

    PD13-02: Long Term Renal Functional Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Partial Nephrectomy (MIPN) for Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Anudeep Mukkamala

    PD13-09: Development and Initial Porcine and Cadaveric Experience with Three-Dimensional Printing of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Equipment
    Michael del Junco

    MP37-06: Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging and MRI/Ultrasound Fusion-Guided Biopsy Stratify Patients at Risk for Extracapsular Extension at Radical Prostatectomy
    Dima Raskolnikov

    MP37-07: Comparative effectiveness of robotic-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy cancer control outcomes
    Ioana Popa

    MP37-13: Use of the Robotic Surgical Platform for Radical Nephrectomy: A National Comparison of Utilization and Complications for Open, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Approaches
    Aaron Weinberg

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