Kidney Surgery

If your doctor recommends surgery for a kidney condition such as blockage of the ureters or kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally invasive approach—robotic-assisted surgery.

Robotic-assisted surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional surgery allows. It offers several potential benefits over a conventional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Increased potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

Robotic-assisted surgery for kidney conditions uses the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. With robotic-assisted surgery, doctors may perform what's called a nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy—removal of all or part of the kidney.

The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci® Surgical System™'s advanced instrumentation provides for a minimally invasive approach to treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient and procedure specific.

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If you are a candidate for kidney surgery, talk to a urologist who performs robotic-assisted kidney procedures.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.