A patient's kidney may need to be removed due to cancer, or other factors such as:
- Chronic infection
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Kidney stones
The most common kidney cancer is renal cell cancer
, followed by urothelial cancer (cancer of the renal pelvis, the part of the kidney that collects and stores urine).
How is the surgery performed?
When a disease requires that your kidney be removed, our specially-trained urologists can remove the kidney laparoscopically under general anesthesia, using three to four tiny incisions for the instruments and a three-to-five-inch incision to remove the kidney. This replaces open or traditional surgery where the incision is typically 10 inches long and often goes through the muscle of the abdominal and/or chest wall.
What are the benefits of a laparoscopic nephrectomy?
In addition to faster recovery and less pain, this minimally invasive procedure also reduces blood loss and post-operative complications.
How long will it take to recover?
Most patients are able to leave the hospital in 1-4 days and resume normal activities in 2-6 weeks.