Minimally Invasive Surgery

DaVinci Surgery for Kidney Conditions

A Less Invasive Approach

If your doctor recommends surgery for a kidney condition, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally invasive approach-daVinci surgery. DaVinci surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional instrumentation allows.

Davinci surgery incisions versus open surgery incisions
DaVinci surgery incisions (left) vs open surgery incision (right)

DaVinci surgery for kidney conditions incorporates the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robot-assisted, minimally invasive approach. The precision and dexterity afforded by the daVinci Surgical System's advanced instrumentation facilitates a minimally invasive approach for treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer. (In da Vinci nephrectomy, one incision is enlarged for removal of the kidney.)

DaVinci Surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a conventional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Increased potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

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