Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal)

Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal) and Partial Nephrectomy (Removal of a small portion of kidney that contains a tumor or cyst)

The primary reason for the robotic nephrectomy would be to remove a kidney that has been affected by cancer using a minimally invasive approach using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This approach saves the patient from a longer recovery period and from the traditional larger and more painful incision.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital was the first in the state to use fluorescence imaging for partial nephrectomy. Fluorescense is the use of near-infrared imaging to view blood vessels, the blood flow in the vessels and organ/tumor tissue. The use of florescence imaging allows the surgeon to distinguish tumor margins for precise removal of the tumor, while leaving viable, healthy tissue in tact. In the end this provides a more beneficial outcome for the patient.

For most patients, da Vinci® nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to laparoscopic or open abdominal nephrectomy. Potential benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

Moreover, the da Vinci® Surgical System provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and removal of the kidney during operations, as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. The da Vinci® also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures such as the renal artery, vein and the ureter. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While nephrectomy performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System are considered safe and effective, these procedures may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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