Laparoscopic cryoablation vs. percutaneous cryoablation for treatment of small renal masses: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Oncotarget. 2017 Apr 18;8(16):27635-27644. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.15273.


Context: Laparoscopic cryoablation (LCA) and percutaneous cryoablation(PCA) have been used on patients with small renal masses(SRMs) for many years. However, clinical studies assessing their feasibility and safety have reported contradictory outcomes. This systematic evaluation was performed to obtain comprehensive evidence with regard to the feasibility and safety of PCA compared with LCA.

Methods: A systematic search of Embase, Pubmed, Medline, the Cochrane Library were performed to identify studies that compared LCA with PCA were published up to Mar 2016. Outcomes of interest included perioperative, pathologic variables, and complications.

Results: Thirteen studies estimating LCA versus PCA were included for meta-analysis. Patients undergoing PCA were significantly older(WMD = -0.16 years; P = 0.01) and patients with posterior tumors were significantly prefer undergoing PCA than LCA(OR = 0.23; P = 0.0007), whereas patients with anterior tumors were significantly prefer undergoing LCA(OR = 3.82; P = 0.02). although PCA was associated with shorter hospital stay(WMD = 1.17 days; P < 0.0001) and higher incidence rate of perirenal hematoma(OR = 0.18; P < 0.0001). All the other analyzed parameters were similar, regardless of the surgical approach.

Conclusions: Patients undergoing PCA have shorter hospital stay and PCA was more frequently used in older patients and posterior tumors. Whereas LCA was associated with lower incidence rate of perirenal hematoma. Further multicenter, prospective and long-term follow-up RCTs are required to verify these findings.

Keywords: Laparoscopic cryoablation; meta-analysis; percutaneous cryoablation; small renal masses.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Cryosurgery / adverse effects
  • Cryosurgery / methods*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Laparoscopy / adverse effects
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Odds Ratio
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tumor Burden