Robotic Kidney Surgery

Many kidney cancers can be cured with surgery

If you have kidney cancer, you have several different treatment options available. You and your doctor will discuss your options and decide which one is right for you. 

Robotic-assisted surgery is our main treatment for kidney cancer, and malignant and benign kidney tumors caused by von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. We’re able to perform safe and effective robotic procedures for even complex cases — often sparing the kidney.

Advantages of robotic kidney surgery

Traditional kidney surgery for patients with kidney cancer is an “open” procedure. This means the surgeon creates a large incision and may even need to remove a rib to access the kidney. Both of these can be very painful.

With robotic kidney surgery, we insert tiny instruments and a camera through keyhole incisions. 

Robotic surgery requires only a few small incisions. Other benefits include:

  • Smaller incisions, less scarring and faster healing
  • Decreased risk of injury to the bowel or other nearby organs
  • Faster return of bowel function after surgery
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain and reduced need for pain medication
  • Quicker return to normal activity and work (2-3 weeks for full recovery)
  • Shorter hospital stay (usually 1-2 days)

We offer several types of robotic kidney cancer surgery. Your doctor can help you decide which procedure is the best option for you.

Minds of Medicine

Two brother made the decision to receive robotic kidney surgery, a procedure that is less invasive, saves the kidney when possible, and gets patients out of the hospital within a few days.

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My Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

Dr. Craig Rogers and John MacInnis talk about John's kidney surgery and his life since the surgery.


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Types of kidney surgery

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