What is Nephrectomy?
Nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney, either partially or completely, using a minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgical technique.
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery. It involves using a video camera and very thin instruments.
First, we make several small incisions of up to half an inch.
Plastic tubes called ports are then placed through those incisions.
From there, we introduce our camera and instruments through the ports.
The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor. A surgeon can’t see directly into the patient without making a traditional large incision. So the video camera becomes the surgeon's eyes.
Using the image from the video camera that’s now inside the patient, the surgeon performs the procedure.
What are the benefits?
Small incisions mean less post-operative discomfort.
Recovery times are faster.
Your child’s hospital stay is shorter.
Your child will get back to being a child much faster.
Scars are much smaller.
There may be less internal scarring, compared to standard open surgery