Robotic Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy at Lowcountry Urology Clinics
The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in performing the robotic laparoscopic partial nephrectomy procedure. We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who may benefit from this procedure.
As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on the robotic laparoscopic partial nephrectomy procedure that you may wish to share with your patients.
Definition of Robotic Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
In the past, a cancerous kidney often had to be removed completely. Today, it is possible to remove only the affected parts of the kidney, while sparing the still-functioning elements of the kidney, called nephrons. In other words, nephrons are only partially removed. Laparascopic means that the procedure is minimally invasive and performed through small keyhole incisions of 1 to 2 cm in length. This generally results in less pain, less bleeding and a shorter recovery time. A robotic procedure is one where the Urologist remotely manipulates instruments inside the body while watching a video monitor.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and often takes less than two hours to complete. Blood loss is minimal.
Recovery from Robotic Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Procedure
You will typically spend 1-2 days in the hospital. When the doctor feels you can tolerate a liquid diet and oral pain meds, you will be released. There is some risk of post-op bleeding, so you must avoid any kind of strain, lifting or athletics for about 4 weeks.
Success Rates of Robotic Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Procedure
In general, removing only the cancerous tissues is roughly as effective as removing the entire kidney.
Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients
For your renal cancer patients who may benefit from a robotic laparoscopic partial nephrectomy procedure, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!