Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
A nephrectomy is the surgical removal of the kidney. A partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing procedure involves the removal of only the unhealthy portion of the kidney, leaving healthy tissue intact. It is indicated for kidney cancer and severely diseased or damaged areas of the kidney.
Robotic technology has made it possible to perform procedures such as the partial nephrectomy minimally invasively. Precision is important in partial nephrectomy to ensure complete removal of the tumour and minimal damage to surrounding tissue.
Robotic arms guided by the surgeon can be precisely controlled and are more manoeuvrable than the human hand. Robotic systems are equipped with 3D imaging instruments, which help the surgeon better visualise the operative field and minimise damage to surrounding tissue.
Robotic partial nephrectomy ensures that the normal region of the kidney remains functional and reduces the risk of future kidney failure. Additionally, the procedure is performed with less pain, blood loss, scars and quicker recovery time, compared to the open operation.
Open Partial Nephrectomy
Open partial nephrectomy is the removal of part of the kidney under general anaesthetic. A large cut is made on the abdomen and a urinary catheter is inserted and will remain for a few days after the operation. Open partial nephrectomy is usually carried out when removal of the tumour is complex and when robotic surgery may not be suitable. Recovery time is longer than for laparoscopic or robotic surgery.