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