Laparoscopic Nephrectomy May Be Performed as Outpatient Surgery

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Most patients discharged home within first 6 hours after surgery; none readmitted.
Most patients discharged home within first 6 hours after surgery; none readmitted.

(HealthDay News) -- Laparoscopic nephrectomy can be safely performed as outpatient surgery in select patients, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology.

Nessn H. Azawi, from the University of Southern in Odense, Denmark, and colleagues conducted a prospective, multicenter descriptive study involving 50 patients (70% males) with renal cancer. The authors examined the feasibility and safety of laparoscopic nephrectomy as outpatient surgery, with postoperative follow-up at 30 days.

The researchers found that 92% of the patients (46 patients) were discharged home within the first 6 hours after surgery. Four of the patients could not be discharged as a result of wrong medication, fatigue, and intestinal injury in 2, 1, and 1 patient, respectively. There was no readmission among the 46 patients discharged early. Antibiotic treatment achieved good results without rehospitalization for 2 patients with wound infection.

"Laparoscopic nephrectomy may be performed as outpatient surgery in carefully selected patients who meet inclusion criteria, representing greater than 40% of candidates for the surgery," the authors write. "Our study demonstrates that outpatient nephrectomy may be done safely and does not require hospital readmission."

Source

  1. Azawi NH, Christensen T, Dahl C, Lund L. Laparoscopic Nephrectomy as Outpatient Surgery. J Urol. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2015.12.088.
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