Robotic Surgery
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Kidney Surgery

Information about Kidney Cancer:

The kidneys are two small organs located behind the abdomen, on each side of the spine.  By producing urine, kidney remove toxic byproducts and excess fluids from the body, this helps maintain a critical balance of salt, potassium and acid.

A common condition affecting the kidneys is blockage of the ureters, the tubes that transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder.  Blockage of the ureters can be present from birth or acquired through illness or injury.  And can create serious side effects like infections and kidney stones.  If left untreated, blockages can cause chronic pain and may damage the kidney over time.

Cancer, a second condition affecting the kidneys, can form in the small tubes inside the kidney, which are used for filtering blood, and in the center of the kidney where urine collects.  

Treatment options for non-cancerous kidney conditions involving a blockage can usually be treated by removing it, depending on the type of blockage, surgery may be used.  Kidney cancer, on the other hand, is relatively resistant to radiation and chemotherapy.  As a result, the gold stand treatment for localized kidney cancer is removal of the kidney or kidney tumors.  

Full or Partial Nephrectomy:

Kidney surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision.  Another approach, conventional laparoscopy is less invasive and is still commonly used.  Springfield Urology has converted most nephrectomies to the da Vinci Surgical System.

The da Vinci Surgery for kidney conditions incorporated the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach.  The precision and dexterity afforded by the da Vinci Surgical System advanced instrumentation facilitates a minimally invasive approach.  It offers numerous potential benefits over convention open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay 
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Increase potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

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