Difficulties with access in percutaneous renal surgery

Soroush Rais-Bahrami, Justin I. Friedlander, Brian D. Duty, Zeph Okeke, Arthur D. Smith

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Percutaneous renal surgery provides a minimally invasive approach to the kidney for stone extraction in a number of different clinical scenarios. Certain clinical cases present inherent challenges to percutaneous access to the kidney. Herein, we present scenarios in which obtaining and/or maintaining percutaneous access is difficult along with techniques to overcome the challenges commonly encountered. Also, complications associated with these challenging percutaneous renal surgeries are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • PCNL
  • angiomyolipoma
  • calyceal diverticulum
  • horseshoe kidney
  • nephrolithotomy
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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