Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy
What is a kidney?
The kidneys are bean shaped organs located in the upper back of the abdomen, each about the size of a fist. The kidneys are vital organs that filter water and other waste products from your blood. They regulate hormones and mineral levels in your bloodstream.
What is a laparoscopic nephrectomy
A laparoscopic nephrectomy involves removing the entire kidney through keyhole incisions on the side of the abdomen between the ribs and the hip. A nephrectomy is usually performed for either kidney cancer or a non-functioning kidney.
In the case of kidney cancer, all the surrounding fat and sometimes the adrenal above is removed with the entire kidney.