Laparoscopic ureteronephrectomy is well established in human medicine for management of a variety of renal disorders as well as live donor nephrectomy before transplantation. In veterinary medicine, nephrectomy is infrequently indicated, but laparoscopic ureteronephrectomy has been described for resection of a variety of renal lesions. As with all of the advanced laparoscopic procedures, case selection is key to the success of the technique. In the case of laparoscopic nephrectomy, the authors suggest choosing cases with modestly sized primary renal neoplasms, chronic renal failure with infection, renal dysplasia, and idiopathic renal hematuria although some of these conditions may have alternative therapies that may be successful and avoid the need for nephrectomy.
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