da Vinci® for Kidney Cancer (Partial Nephrectomy)
If your doctor recommends surgery for a kidney disease such as kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive, kidney-sparing surgery. Depending on your disease state and tumor location, you may not have to lose your entire kidney to surgery. A surgical technique called partial nephrectomy removes only the diseased part of your kidney while sparing the healthy, functioning kidney tissue.
Sparing kidney tissue is important because studies show that patients who have their entire kidney removed are more likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) after surgery than patients who received a kidney-sparing partial nephrectomy.1
In fact, the American Urological Association states that partial nephrectomy is the gold standard treatment option for small to medium-sized kidney tumors or masses.2
da Vinci Surgery for Kidney Cancer (Partial Nephrectomy)
The da Vinci Surgical System uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor provide the gold standard treatment, where indicated, and also perform a more precise operation. da Vinci offers several potential benefits to patients facing kidney surgery, including:
- Excellent clinical outcomes and cancer control3
- Short hospital stay4
- Low blood loss3,4
- Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction4,5
- Excellent chance of preserving the kidney, in certain operations5
- Low rate of operative complications5
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da Vinci Surgery: Precision and Dexterity
da Vinci Surgery for kidney conditions uses the tried and true techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. With the benefits of da Vinci Surgery, doctors may be able to perform a partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery (healthy, functioning kidney tissue is spared) to help minimize the onset of chronic kidney disease.
The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci Surgical System’s advanced instrumentation provides for a minimally invasive approach to treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient, condition and procedure.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor.
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1Huang WC, Elkin EB, Levey AS, Jang TL, Russo P; Partial Nephrectomy Versus Radical Nephrectomy in Patients With Small Renal Tumors-Is there a Difference in Mortality and Cardiovascular Outcomes; The Journal of Urology, Vol. 181, 55-62, January 2009.
2Guide for Management of Clinical Stage 1 Renal Mass, 2009; American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. www.auanet.org, URL:
3Benway BM, Wang AJ, Cabello JC, Bhayani SB; Robotic Partial Nephrectomy with Sliding-Clip Renorrhaphy: Technique and Outcomes; European Association of Urology, Accepted December 28, 2008. Published online ahead of print on January 7, 2009
4CG, Menon M, Weise ES, Robotic partial nephrectomy: a multi-institutional analysis; J Robotic Surgery (2008) 2:141-143 DOI 10.1007/s11701-008-0098-2
5Bhayani SB, Das N., Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for suspected renal cell carcinoma. BMC Surgery 2008, 8:16 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-8-16.
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