Role of Laparoscopic Stone Surgery

Academic Article


  • Objectives: To define the role of laparoscopic stone surgery in current urologic practice. Methods: All cases of laparoscopic surgery for renal calculus disease performed at a single institution during a 2-year period were reviewed. A total of 449 stone-removing procedures were performed by one of us (D.G.A.) during this interval, of which 5 were laparoscopic (1.1%). Of the five laparoscopic procedures, three were pyelolithotomy/pyeloplasty, one was laparoscopic-assisted percutaneous nephrostolithotomy, and one was caliceal diverticular stone removal. Results: All 5 patients were rendered stone free, and no patient had perioperative complications. Conclusions: A laparoscopic approach is rarely needed in patients requiring stone removal. However, it can be a safe and effective approach in the management of select patients with complex stone disease. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Published In

  • Urology  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 6316433
  • Author List

  • Desai RA; Assimos DG
  • Start Page

  • 578
  • End Page

  • 580
  • Volume

  • 71
  • Issue

  • 4