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da Vinci® Partial Nephrectomy (Kidney-Sparing Surgery)

Finding out you have a serious kidney problem may be one of the hardest things you’ve faced. That’s why it’s important to learn the facts about your condition before choosing the best path forward.

Know Your Options

If your doctor suggests surgery for a kidney disease or kidney cancer, it can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or using minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Depending on your condition and the location of your tumor, you may not have to lose your entire kidney during surgery. This surgical method is called partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery. The goal is to remove only the diseased part of your kidney and keep the healthy part in place.

Studies show patients who have kidney-sparing surgery are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) or need dialysis compared to those who lose their entire kidney.1,2

Why da Vinci Surgery?

da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate through a few small incisions (cuts), like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:

  • A 3D HD view inside your body
  • Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
  • Enhanced vision, precision, and control

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

da Vinci® Partial Nephrectomy

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Risks & Considerations Related to Nephrectomy (kidney removal): poor kidney function often due to limited blood flow, leaking of urine, cut or tear in the spleen, pancreas or liver, bowel injury, trapped air between the chest wall and lung, injury to diaphragm (muscle separating the chest from the abdomen), urinary fistula (abnormal bond of an organ, intestine or vessel to another part of the body), abnormal pooling of urine, limited or cut off blood supply to kidney, abnormal pooling of lymph fluid.

  1. Huang WC, Elkin EB, Levey AS, Jang TL, Russo P; Partial Nephrectomy Versus Radical Nephrectomy in Patients With Small Renal Tumors-Is there a Difference in Mortality and Cardiovascular Outcomes; The Journal of Urology, Vol. 181, 55-62, January 2009.
  2. Guide for Management of Clinical Stage 1 Renal Mass, 2009; American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc., URL: http://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/renal-mass.cfm

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Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to  http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.

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