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Lucas, S.M., Mellon, M.J., Erntsberger, L. and Sundaram, C.P. (2012) A Comparison of Robotic, Laparoscopic and Open Partial Nephrectomy. JSLS, 6, 581-587.
http://dx.doi.org/10.4293/108680812X13462882737177

has been cited by the following article:

  • TITLE: Open Partial Nephrectomy: One Night Length of Stay Is Safe and Cost Effective

    AUTHORS: Mohit Sirohi, Kyrollis Attalla, Harris M. Nagler, Erik T. Goluboff

    KEYWORDS: Cost Effective, Length of Stay, Open Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Urology, Vol.6 No.9, September 14, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Objective: To review our open partial nephrectomy (OPN) experience and compare to known robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) data to determine whether length of stay (LOS) and morbidity are significant drivers in the surgical approach employed for partial nephrectomy. Methods: We reviewed our OPN experience during the last 3 years examining age, tumor size, LOS, pathology, blood loss, complications, recurences, and deaths. Results: Seventy-five patients underwent OPN during this period. Mean age was 59 years, tumor size 2.8 cm, percent malignant 75%, estimated blood loss 350 cc. With a median follow-up of 18 months, there was one urinoma managed by drain-age, one pseudo aneurysm that required embolization and one pulmonary embolism that required anticoagulation. There were no readmissions, no tumor recurences, and no deaths. Our major complication rate was 4% as compared to other trials that re-ported major complication rates between 1% - 9% for RPN and between 3% - 24% for OPN. In the first half of the experience (n = 37), median LOS was 57 hours. Using a pathway encouraging early ambulation and smaller incisions in the second half of the experience (n = 38), median LOS was 35 hours. This is much shorter than reported RPN LOS of 62 - 67 hours and OPN LOS of 108 - 142 hours. Conclusion: OPN can be performed safely and effectively with one night hospital stay. This provides a more cost-effective approach to partial nephrectomy with similar or better complication rates and calls into question the main value drivers of RPN.