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Partial Nephrectomy

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If you are a candidate for kidney-sparing surgery and would like to talk with a surgeon who performs robotic partial nephrectomy, call The Methodist Hospital at

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Kidney-Sparing Surgery

If your doctor recommends kidney surgery for cancer or another kidney disease, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive, kidney-sparing surgery called partial nephrectomy. Using this surgical technique, surgeons can remove only the diseased part of your kidney or the cancerous tumor, sparing as much as possible of the healthy, functioning kidney tissue.

Studies show that patients who receive a kidney-sparing partial nephrectomy are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease after surgery than those who have their entire kidney removed.

Robotic surgery offers a new, less invasive approach for this treatment of choice, combining the benefits of open surgery with a minimally invasive procedure.

da Vinci® Surgery for Kidney Cancer

The Methodist surgical team is highly experienced in removing even the most complex and hard-to-reach kidney masses through the da Vinci® Surgical System, using only a few small incisions. This state-of-the-art robotic system offers better visualization than is possible with open surgery, including crystal-clear, 3-D images of the renal arteries and veins. Robotic arms and miniaturized instrumentation enable surgeons to perform the procedure with unmatched precision, dexterity and control.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

A da Vinci® partial nephrectomy offers several potential benefits compared to open surgery, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, since surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. Robotic partial nephrectomy may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Leaders in New Technology and Innovative Techniques

Methodist offers the latest advancements in robotic technology, such as fluorescent imaging, enabling surgeons to achieve a new level of precision in the removal of cancerous kidney tissue. Using injected dye that glows bright green under robotic imaging, surgeons can selectively clamp the blood supply to the cancerous part of the kidney, preserving healthy kidney tissue and helping prevent future kidney disease.

We are innovators in the use of robotics, including techniques such as da Vinci® partial nephrectomy performed through the back or the side of the body. These unique approaches offer more direct access to certain difficult-to-reach tumors.