da Vinci Partial Nephrectomy: Kidney Surgery
Kidney cancer is cancer that originates in the kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They're located behind your abdominal organs, with one kidney on each side of your spine. Kidneys remove waste and excess fluids from the body. This process helps to maintain balance of salt, potassium and acid within your body.
Kidney cancer is more common in men and is usually diagnosed after age 40. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured.
Kidney cancer surgical procedure can be performed using traditional open surgery incision that requires a large abdominal incision. Another, less invasive approach is da Vinci Surgery.
da Vinci robotic surgical system enhances the surgeon's skills by providing higher-definition, 3-D view of tissue and a greater range of motion for more precision and control.
During the kidney cancer surgical removal, the da Vinci system allows your surgeon to remove just the tumor and not the entire kidney. Preserving your kidney can help prevent future kidney disease and even dialysis.
In comparison to traditional open surgery incision, da Vinci Surgery offers these benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusions
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Quicker return to normal activities
Every surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Be sure to ask your doctor if this procedure is right for you.