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.
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:
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.
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.