is a robot-assisted surgery that is tailored to remove the cancerous part of the kidney while sparing the healthy part. The procedure allows the surgeon to move the robot’s arm more precisely in difficult-to-reach places inside of the body. It is performed with thin, specialized instruments inserted through tiny keyhole incisions. Robotic partial nephrectomy is much less invasive than an open partial nephrectomy.
Patients with a small kidney tumor or those if an entire kidney is removed could lead to kidney failure and need for dialysis, are the most ideal candidates for robotic partial nephrectomy.
During the procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon uses a scalpel to make 3-4 tiny incisions in the patient’s abdomen. A thin rod with a camera (laparoscope) and the robotic equipment are inserted through these incisions.
Then he/she fills the patient’s abdomen with carbon dioxide to expand the area. This will provide the surgeon with room to move the surgical equipment and access the kidney. The surgeon will temporarily interrupt blood flow to the kidney to allow for tumor removal without excessive bleeding.
The kidney defect is then repaired utilizing robotic suturing . The tumor is placed into a retrieval bag and extracted through one of the incisions.
After the procedure, the patient should expect:
One month after surgery, the patient should have a regular appointment with the surgeon and do basic blood tests to check kidney function, in addition to CT scan as per surgeon discretion
Some of the benefits of a robotic partial nephrectomy include: