Laparoscopic renal cyst excision

G. Zanetti, A. Trinchieri, E. Montanari, R. Nespoli, P. Dell'orto, G. L. Taverna, F. Rovera, E. Pisani

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Renal cystic failure generally does not require any form of treatment except in cases where a secondary obstruction of the excreting tract occurs, for persistent hypertension, when symptomatic pain persists or is complicated by infection or haemorrhage. Laparoscopic treatment of a renal cyst has proved to be a safe and efficacious therapy. We report our transperitoneal and retroperitoneal experience with laparoscopic resection of simple renal cysts, between January 1992 and June 1995. We employed a transperitoneal approach for 10 patients and in eight cases a retroperitoneal access. No intraoperative complications were encountered in this series. In all patients blood loss was less than 100 cc. With both approaches patients can be discharged between 24 and 72 h after the operation. At 6 month follow up, one recurrence was observed in the group of patients treated transperitoneally. Retroperitoneoscopy seems to be safer and easier compared to the transperitoneal technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-570
Number of pages4
JournalMinimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996


  • Laparoscopy
  • Renal cyst
  • Retroperitoneoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Surgery


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