On The Forefront

Single-Port Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

The recently developed single-port, multichannel access approach to urologic surgery may allow many common laparoscopic and robotic procedures to be performed entirely through the patient’s umbilicus, enabling essentially scarless abdominal surgery. To date, Cleveland Clinic has performed 115 single-port laparoscopic procedures for various indications.

Shared Philosophy and Natural Partnership

A year and a half ago, Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute and Nephrology Department joined to form the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Merging urologists, nephrologists, kidney and pancreas transplant surgeons, hypertension specialists, dialysis physicians, and scientists into one group was part of an institution-wide movement at Cleveland Clinic that organized clinical areas around organ and disease systems rather than individual specialties.

1,000th LPN Performed

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute completed their 1,000th laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN) on Aug.7, making their experience with the procedure the most extensive in the world.

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