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Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

  • Understanding the procedure

    Mount Elizabeth, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

    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.

  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy is an effective procedure that our specialists will recommend if you suffer from kidney cancer, because it causes minimal trauma.

    The non-invasive nature of the procedure also means less pain, a faster recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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