Robotic Radical Nephrectomy

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A radical nephrectomy involves removing the entire kidney. This can be done using open (traditional surgery), laparoscopic or robotic techniques.

The da Vinci surgical robot enables high definition magnification of the operative field, precise surgical dexterity, and image guided identification of renal blood supply.

In order to determine if you are a candidate for a robotic nephrectomy, please bring all recent laboratory and imaging studies with you to your preoperative appointment, including the CD of any recent CT or MRI studies.

Prior to the procedure

Medications to avoid one week prior to surgery include:

  • Aspirin
  • Motrin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Advil
  • Coumadin
  • Lovenox
  • Celebrex
  • Plavix

Our office will instruct you specifically on which medications you should stop. You will need to verify that you can stop these medications with the prescribing physician.

The procedure

The procedure will be performed through 3 to 4 small laparoscopic incisions and will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete. Most patients stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days following the procedure.

Potential complications include bleeding, infection, adjacent organ injury, and the need to convert to an open procedure.

After the procedure

Your diet can be gradually advanced following your procedure. Your urologist will discuss the final pathology of your procedure at your post operative appointment.

Physicians performing this procedure: