Da Vinci Nephrectomy for Kidney Cancer
Treatment for kidney cancer may include total removal of the kidney (radical nephrectomy) or the removal of only the diseased portion of the kidney (partial nephrectomy or nephron-sparing surgery).
Sparing the kidney is the preferred method of treatment, when possible, since patients who retain at least a portion of their kidney are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease and have a reduced risk of needing future dialysis.
The da Vinci robotic surgical system offers advanced precision and control so that your surgeon has the best opportunity to spare your kidney. Da Vinci offers all of the benefits of minimally-invasive surgery, including tiny incisions, fewer complications, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery. On top of that, flexible, miniature robotic instruments that precisely mimic your surgeon’s hand movements offer greater precision than standard, long, stiff laparoscopy tools.
Laparoscopic surgery is generally done in a 2D environment, while the da Vinci system offers 3D high definition imaging superior to that of the human eye. This is particularly important when the surgeon is reconstructing the kidney after removal of the cancerous tissue and margin.
Studies show that da Vinci partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer results in excellent clinical outcomes, precise tumor removal, quality kidney reconstruction, and a high incidence of preserving the kidney. It is a safe alternative to open nephrectomy or laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.