Robotic Radical Nephrectomy
Minimally-invasive surgery for kidney removal has become a new standard of care for the removal of kidney cancer. The procedure can also be performed for kidneys which no longer function. The surgery itself, known as a Robotic Radical Nephrectomy, is performed with tiny keyhole incisions.
Through these incisions, robotic surgical instruments and a camera are inserted to perform the surgery. After inflating the abdomen with gas, the colon is moved away from the kidney. The kidney normally has a covering of fat around it. This fat is left on the kidney so the cancer or tumor is not exposed.