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The impact of laparoscopic fellowship programme on laparoscopic nephrectomy experience: a brief report

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Author(s): Öner Şanlı | Tzevat Tefik | Rauf Naghiyev | Mazhar Ortaç | Doğu Teber | Jens Rassweiler

Journal: Turkish Journal of Urology
ISSN 1300-5804

Volume: 36;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 238;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Laparoscopy | nephrectomy | specialty | training.

ABSTRACT
Objective: To evaluate the impact of 3-month laparoscopic fellowship programme (LFP) on the laparoscopy experience mainly related to laparoscopic nephrectomies. Materials and methods: Between September 2005 and June 2009, 131 patients underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy (LN). Groups 1 (n=87) and 2 (n=44) were defined as patients who underwent laparoscopic operation before and after LFP taken by the attending surgeon. All data were retrospectively reviewed. Results: There was no statistically significant difference in age, body mass index or ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) score between the two groups. Group 2 yielded a significantly shorter mean operative time (134.82±63.69 min vs. 110.75±36.68 min, p=0.028), lower estimated blood loss (283.56±412.97 mL vs. 115.68±123.54 mL, p
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