1.1 Current evidence on laparoscopic partial nephrectomy suggests that it is safe and efficacious when undertaken by surgeons with special expertise in this technique. Surgeons undertaking laparoscopic partial nephrectomy should have specific training and regular experience in laparoscopic renal surgery.
1.2 Clinicians wishing to undertake this procedure should ensure that patients fully understand the risks, including that of serious haemorrhage. In addition, use of the Institute's information for the public is recommended.
1.3 Clinicians should audit and review their results. The British Association of Urological Surgeons runs a cancer registry, and clinicians are encouraged to enter all patients undergoing laparoscopic partial nephrectomy onto this database.