The board-certified surgeons at Franciscan Health offer nephrectomy, surgical removal of a kidney, as an option treat kidney disease. Traditional open surgery and minimally invasive options are available.
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When a Nephrectomy is Recommended
A nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney or a section of a kidney. It is most commonly performed on patients with cancer or those whose kidney has been severely damaged by infection, kidney stones or cysts. Nephrectomy is also used to remove a healthy kidney that will be transplanted to another person.
Kidney removal may be recommended for:
- Kidney donation
- Kidney cancer
- A kidney damaged by infection, kidney stones or other problems
- To help control high blood pressure in someone who has problems with the blood supply to their kidney
- Very bad injury (trauma) to the kidney that cannot be repaired
Minimally Invasive Nephrectomy
Franciscan Health surgeons utilize the da Vinci® System for robotic-assisted, minimally invasive nephrectomy. The da Vinci® System offers several potential benefits to patients facing kidney surgery.
Excellent clinical outcomes
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower rate of operative complications
- Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
- Excellent chance of preserving the kidney in certain operations
- Lower blood loss
In cases of kidney cancer, da Vinci® surgery may allow the preservation of the kidney. Using robotic-assisted tools, the surgeon may be able to precisely remove the tumor, leaving a large portion or sometimes the entire kidney. Preserving the kidney can help prevent future disease or the need for dialysis.