Our specialists are skilled in laparoscopic nephrectomy, a safe and effective procedure that allows a diseased or cancerous kidney to be removed without you having to undergo open surgery. Instead, your surgeon will make three small incisions (1–1.5cm in diameter) in your abdomen while you are safely under general anaesthesia. A slim telescope and small instruments are then inserted into your abdomen through these incisions.
Guided by images on the video screen, your surgeon will free and dissect your affected kidney using the inserted surgical instruments, place it inside a sterilized plastic bag and then remove it intact from your body by expanding one of the existing small incisions. Repeat CT scans are required after six months of surgery for renal cancer patients. To ensure successful treatment and your full recovery, close follow-up and routine kidney function tests are recommended for the first year.
Due to its non-invasive nature, laparoscopic nephrectomy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for kidney conditions such as cancer, removal of non-functioning kidneys and as donor nephrectomy for transplant cases.
However, there are numerous parameters to be considered before you can undergo this procedure such as:
- Your age;
- General health condition;
- Overall kidney functionality;
- Number of tumours; and
- Your personal preference.
If you suffer from kidney cancer, and the size of your tumour is large (more than 7cm), your best option is to have the whole kidney removed. However, if you have compromised renal function (for example, you have only one kidney), your surgeon might then suggest only the removal of the affected parts of the kidney.