■ The surgical technique for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is now secure and reproducible.

■ Effective duplication of standard open surgical principles is possible laparoscopically for select patients requiring nephron-sparing surgery.

■ Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is a technically advanced procedure requiring considerable laparoscopic skills and experience.

■ Simplified methods for achieving renal hypothermia and securing hemostasis will facilitate wider dissemination of the laparoscopic approach.

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