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Volume 11, Pages 133-141
Review Article

Evaluation of Hemostatic Aids in Laparoscopic Nephron-Sparing Surgery

Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Received 24 September 2010; Accepted 22 November 2010

Academic Editor: Anthony Atala

Copyright © 2011 Saleh¬†Binsaleh.


Partial nephrectomy is considered the standard of care for the management of small renal masses, and laparoscopic techniques are becoming popular for multiple reasons, one of which is minimal invasiveness. On the other hand, kidneys are extremely vascular organs, and renal hemorrhage is a major cause of morbidity after laparoscopic partial nephrectomies. Control of bleeding and management of calyceal injuries can be difficult and make the procedure technically challenging. This review looks at the various energy sources and hemostatic agents that are available to reduce bleeding during laparoscopic partial nephrectomies.