Robotic Surgery for Kidney Cancer/Partial Nephrectomy
Surgery is the initial treatment for the majority of kidney cancers. A nephrectomy is a kidney cancer treatment to surgically remove the affected kidney.
The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform three types of robotic nephrectomies: partial, simple and radical. A partial, robotic nephrectomy is a procedure to remove a small tumor from the kidney, without removing the entire kidney. A simple, robotic nephrectomy is the total removal of a kidney when it becomes a chronic problem or loses its function. A radical, robotic nephrectomy is the removal of the kidney with all the surrounding fat, fascia and the adrenal gland.
The da Vinci robot allows the surgeon to employ great precision in disconnecting large blood vessels from the kidney – a vital part of the operation – while utilizing minimally invasive techniques. The benefits to patients include:
- Less blood loss
- Less risk of infection
- Much less pain
- Less scarring
- Quicker recovery
- Increased potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
- Better kidney cancer survival in many cases