| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2006 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 223-226
Laparoscopic nephrectomy in children: Initial experience
Gowri Shankar, Narendra M Babu, S Ramesh, KR Srimurthy
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health and Bangalore Hospital, Bangalore, India
Aims: Our objective was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of laparoscopic nephrectomy in infants and children.
Materials and Methods: From 2000 to 2005, 28 children, aged 3 months to 14 years underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephroureterectomy and heminephrectomy. Medical records were reviewed retrospectively for clinically relevant data.
Results: There were no conversions. Mean operating time was 75 minutes and there were no intraoperative complications in our series. Cosmetic results were excellent in all cases. Average hospital stay was 4 days.
Conclusions: Laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephroureterectomy and heminephrectomy may be safely performed in infants and children with minimal morbidity, post-operative discomfort and improved cosmesis.
Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, South Hospital Complex, Dharmaram College Post, Bangalore - 560 029
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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