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da Vinci Surgery for Kidney Cancer:

A Less Invasive Approach

If you have been diagnosed with kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a very effective, minimally invasive approach — da Vinci Surgery. da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation as compared to conventional surgery. It offers numerous potential benefits over open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain 4
  • Less blood loss & fewer transfusions 5
  • Less risk of infection 6
  • Less scarring 4
  • Shorter hospital stay & recovery time 6
  • Increased potential to preserve the kidney in certain cancer operations 7
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases 6

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient and procedure-specific.

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If you are a candidate for kidney cancer surgery, please speak with Lanna Cheuck, M.D., who performs nephrectomy using the da Vinci System. Click to see Dr. Cheuck's bio.

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  2. Nazemi T., Galich, et al. Radical nephrectomy performed by open, laparoscopy with or without hand-assistance or robotic methods. Int. braz j urol. vol.32 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Feb. 2006.
  3. Renoult, Hubert, et al. Robot assisted laparoscopic and open live-donor nephrectomy. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2006 21(2):472-477.
  4. Bhayani, S.B., Das N. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for suspected renal cell carcinoma. BMC Surgery 2008, 8:16 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-8-16.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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