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.

Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy
Robotic Nephrectomy
Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

Potential benefits of a robotic operation

Before the procedure

Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy
Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy - Operation Day

Operation Day

After discharge

Wound Care

Blood in the urine is common for a few weeks after the procedure. Increase water intake  (1.5-2.0L) to try to keep the urine clear. If you develop a fever, chills, uncontrollable shaking (rigors) or burning when passing urine, you may have an infection and should seek medical attention. Please attend Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Emergency if insured or your nearest emergency department if this occurs.  Our specialist urology nurses are usually available for phone advice during working hours.

Bowel Care

Activity Restrictions

It is expected that you will resume gentle activities around your home after you have been discharged from hospital. Gradually, increase the amount of walking you do each day, as tolerated. Do not walk to the point of exhaustion and avoid heavy lifting (<5kg). We recommend that you wear your anti-embolic stockings until you are as active as you were before surgery.

Follow-up Call

A nurse will provide a follow-up call to you after the operation. It is a good idea to write down anything you want to ask and have it ready. An appointment will be arranged for you to see your surgeon in the rooms approximately 4 weeks after the operation. Please ring our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy - After discharge