A robotic nephroureterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes the da Vinci Surgical System to surgically remove the patient’s kidney and ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder). The procedure is usually performed to treat cancer in the lining of the urinary tract when the tumor is confined to the upper ureter and/or kidney with no sign of metastasis. Nephroureterectomy has traditionally been performed as an open procedure, which requires a larger incision extending from the patient’s flank to his or her pelvis, often measuring up to 12 inches long.
Benefits of Robotic Nephroureterectomy
- Smaller keyhole incisions rather than one large incision
- Improved visualization and precision during the procedure
- Less post-operative pain
- Decreased blood loss during surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery than traditional surgery
For more information about the robotic nephroureterectomy procedure offered at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, call 770-219-3840.