How do the outcomes for extraperitoneal nephrectomy compare to a transperitoneal approach?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Michael Grasso, III, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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The retroperitoneal endoscopic approach is well suited for radical or simple nephrectomy, with balloon dilatation creating a reliable and safe way to perform surgical interventions in the developed potential space. Patient oncological and functional outcomes are excellent, equivalent or superior to the transperitoneal approach, with particular efficacy in those who have undergone prior intra-abdominal surgery with peritoneal adhesions.

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