About Robotic Nephrectomy

Nephrectomy is the process of surgically removing a patient’s kidney. There are 4 types of nephrectomies. They include the following:

  • Partial nephrectomy – A portion of the kidney is removed.
  • Simple nephrectomy – All of one kidney is removed.
  • Radical nephrectomy – All of one kidney is removed together with the neighboring (the adrenaline-producing gland that sits on top of the kidney) and neighboring lymph nodes.
  • Bilateral nephrectomy – Both kidneys are removed.

Kidney surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach, meaning doctors must make a large incision in the abdomen. Another approach is conventional laparoscopic surgery. It is less invasive, but limits the doctor’s dexterity, vision and control, compared to open surgery.

With laparoscopy, the surgeon makes several small incisions, instead of the one large incision. The surgeon also uses telescoping equipment to view and remove the bladder. However, because of the long-handled instruments used in laparoscopic surgery, there are certain limitations during delicate or complex operations.

We use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform all of ournephrectomies.

Dr Sukin was the first surgeon in North Houston to perform a Robotic Nephectomy

The da Vinci Surgical System uses state-of-the-art technology to help us provide the gold standard treatment, where indicated, and also perform a more precise operation.

By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci surgery is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.


Potential Benefits From da Vinci Robotic Nephrectomy

  • Excellent clinical outcomes and cancer control
  • Short hospital stay
  • Low blood loss
  • Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
  • Greater chance of preserving the kidney, in certain cancer operations
  • Low rate of operative complicatio

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