da Vinci for Kidney Conditions

da Vinci® Surgery for Kidney Obstruction

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a kidney obstruction, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® Surgery. To remove the blockage in the urinary system, your doctor will reattach the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter – the narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional surgery. It offers several potential benefits over traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, including:

  • Shorter operation2,3
  • Less blood loss2,3
  • Less pain2,3
  • Shorter hospital stay2,3

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 control5
  • Short hospital stay6
  • Low blood loss5,6
  • Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction6,7
  • Greater chance of preserving the kidney, in certain cancer operations7
  • Low rate of operative complications7

By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, the da Vinci Surgical System is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

If you are facing kidney surgery, talk to a doctor who performs da Vinci Surgery.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.


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  2. Hemal AK, Mukherjee S, Singh K; Laparoscopic pyeloplasty versus robotic pyeloplasty ureteropelvic junction obstruction: a series of 60 cases performed by a single surgeon.

  3. Lee R, Retik A, Borer J, Peters C; Pediatric Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Dismembered Pyeloplasty: Comparison With a Cohort of Open Surgery. The Journal of Urology, Vol. 175, 683-687, February 2006.

  4. Kunkle D, Egleston B, Uzzo R; Excise, Ablate or Observe: The Small Renal Mass Dilemma – A Meta Analysis and Review. The Journal of Urology, Vol. 179, 1227-1234, April 2008

  5. Benway 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

  6. Rogers CG, 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

  7. Bhayani 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.