Initial results of the implementation of an ambulatory mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy program.

To present our program for ambulatory mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy (mini-PCNL) and evaluate its initial results.

We analyzed the implementation of the protocol into the clinical practice with the first 30 outpatient mini-PCNL cases performed in our center between April 2021 and September 2022. Demographic characteristics, perioperative variables, complications and need for unplanned health care, stone-free rate (SFR), stone type and patient satisfaction with the major ambulatory surgery (MAS) process were collected.

A total of 30 patients with a mean age of 60.2 ± 11.6 years who met the inclusion criteria underwent surgery. The mean stone size was 15 mm [range: 5-20]. No intraoperative complications were recorded. All patients except one were discharged the same day of surgery as planned. In the month following discharge, the rate of complications, emergency department (ED) revisits or hospital readmissions rates were 0%. Stone-free-rate (SFR) at 3 months was 83%. Overall satisfaction with the whole perioperative process was assessed with the EVAN-G questionnaire, obtaining 124.3 points out of a maximum of 150, which is equivalent to a 78.6% level of satisfaction.

Ambulatory mini-PCNL can be implemented as a treatment option in centers with experience in endourology, an established MAS Unit, and strictly selected patients. Our initial results show an adequate safety profile and high overall satisfaction perceived by patients undergoing the ambulatory approach.

Actas urologicas espanolas. 2023 Jun 12 [Epub ahead of print]

A Abella Serra, S Colom Feixas, C Torrecilla Ortiz, J M Cuadrado Campaña, N De Fuentes Beltruz, A Cabrera Coma, A Sánchez Allueva, M Castells Esteve, F Vigués Julià

Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. Electronic address: ., Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain., Servicio de Anestesiología y Reanimación. Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge. L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.