Laparoscopic Renal Cryoablation: 8-Year, Single Surgeon Outcomes

Monish Aron, Kazumi Kamoi, Erick Remer, Andre Berger, Mihir Desai, Inderbir Gill

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Purpose: We present 5 to 11-year (median 8) oncological outcomes after laparoscopic renal cryoablation. Materials and Methods: Between September 1997 and October 2008 we performed renal cryoablation in 340 patients, of whom 80 treated laparoscopically by a single surgeon before October 2003 had a minimum 5-year followup. Followup involved magnetic resonance imaging on postoperative day 1, at 3, 6 and 12 months, and annually thereafter. Cryolesion biopsy was performed at 6 months. All data were prospectively accrued. Results: In the 80 patients with minimum 5-year followup mean age was 66 years, mean tumor size was 2.3 cm (range 0.9 to 5.0), median American Society of Anesthesiologists score was 3 and mean body mass index was 28 kg/m2. Five patients had local recurrence, 2 had locoregional recurrence with metastasis and 4 had distant metastasis without locoregional recurrence. Six patients died of cancer. In the 55 patients with biopsy proven renal cell cancer at a median followup of 93 months (range 60 to 132) 5-year overall, disease specific and disease-free survival rates were 84%, 92% and 81%, and 10-year rates were 51%, 83% and 78%, respectively. On multivariate analysis previous radical nephrectomy for RCC was the only significant predictor of disease-free and disease specific survival (p = 0.023 and 0.030, respectively). Conclusions: Laparoscopic renal cryoablation is effective oncological treatment for a renal mass in select patients. A disease specific survival rate of 92% at 5 years and 83% at 10 years is possible. Preceding radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma was the only independent factor predicting disease-free and disease specific survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)889-895
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


  • cryosurgery
  • kidney
  • kidney neoplasms
  • laparoscopy
  • outcome assessment (health care)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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