Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

Laparoscopic Nephrectomy - Less invasive kidney removal

A patient's kidney may need to be removed due to cancer, or other factors such as:
  • Chronic infection
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Hypertension
  • 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.