Laparoscopic removal of local renal cell carcinoma recurrence

Alexander Tsivian, Shalva Benjamin, Avraham Shtricker*, Matvey Tsivian, Shlomo Kyzer, A. Ami Sidi

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Purpose: To describe an entirely laparoscopic technique for excising a recurrence of local renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Materials and Methods: The patient is placed in a full flank position. A 10-mm trocar is inserted using Hasson's technique with three additional ports in the upper abdomen. After lysis of adhesions, the psoas muscle, ureteral and gonadal vein remnants, inferior vena cava or aorta, and renal vessel stumps are dissected and isolated. The specimen, including the mass, the adrenal gland, and the ipsilateral pararenal and paracaval or para-aortic tissue within Gerota's fascia remnants, are excised en bloc and removed inside an Endocatch-II bag. Results: To date we have used this technique for excising RCC recurrences in three patients. Pathologic examination showed clear cell type RCC Fuhrman grade 2 in the specimens of two patients and chromophobe type in one. No patient have had further recurrence after 50, 38 and 12 months of follow-up. Conclusions: An entirely laparoscopic surgical approach for excising local RCC recurrence has not, to our knowledge, been previously described. This method can be effectively applied while adhering to oncologic principles, with minimal blood loss and low morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-440
Number of pages5
JournalInternational braz j urol : official journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Carcinoma
  • Laparoscopy
  • Recurrence
  • renal cell


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