Robotic Assisted Partial 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 robotic assisted partial nephrectomy?
A robotic partial nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the kidney, usually for a small tumour. The tumour is removed by using small keyhole instruments attached to a robotic system. The robotic camera and instrument bearing arms are inserted through small incisions in the abdomen.
In a partial nephrectomy, only the diseased or injured portion of the kidney is removed. A partial nephrectomy may require you to have a ureteric stent for a period of time. A stent is a thin hollow tube inserted into your ureter during your procedure to aid with the draining of urine from your kidneys to your bladder.