A robotic assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that removes the tumor from the kidney and leaves the healthy portion of the kidney. Our urologists use da Vinci technology, which allows them to operate with very small incisions. Da Vinci technology allows the urologists to operate surgical instruments with hand-like movements with 3D imaging.
This surgery is considered an inpatient procedure, meaning you will need to stay overnight, typically 2-3 nights. As an inpatient you would be admitted to the hospital the morning of the surgery. The patient is brought into the surgical suite. Through a gentle induction of anesthesia, the patient is put to sleep. The patient is positioned on a special surgical bed to allow the best access to the abdomen. For robotic assisted partial nephrectomy, the patient lies on their side, using special positioning pillows. The urologist makes several small strategically placed incisions into the side of the abdomen to allow special ports to be placed. With a camera and working instruments in place, the kidney and the surrounding anatomy is identified. Our doctors may use ultrasound guidance to accurately dissect to the kidney mass. Once the mass has been dissected from the kidney, it is removed, keeping the healthy portion of the kidney intact. Once the mass has been removed and the surgical area is stable, the incisions are closed.
When surgery is complete the patient is transferred to the recovery room area. The patient is awake and comfortable, and they are admitted to an inpatient room. The patient can expect to stay in the hospital for approximately 3-5 days.