The kidneys are two small, fist-sized organs located behind the abdomen on each side of the spine. Their function is to produce urine, which is then stored in the bladder until it is emptied.
By producing urine, kidneys remove toxic bi-products and excess fluids from the body. This process helps to maintain a critical balance of salt, potassium and acid.
Each year, 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer and more than 13,000 die from this disease. Overall, kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70. The most common kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma.
Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured. If found early, the survival rate ranges from 79 to 100 percent.
Cryoablation of Kidney Tumors
Cryoablation is the process of freezing the abnormal cells. This minimally invasive process typically only requires an outpatient stay in the hospital. Learn more about Cryotherapy.
This is the surgical removal of the entire diseased or cancerous kidney by utilizing three to four small incisions placed in the abdomen. Learn more about laparoscopic nephrectomy.
Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
This is the surgical removal of a portion of the kidney that includes the mass or tumor. The robot is used to enhance the vision, movement and precision of the surgeon. Learn more about robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach as opposed to the open partial nephrectomy. Your surgeon will help guide you to the right procedure for your individual case.
Open Nephrectomy or Partial Nephrectomy
Some patients that have complicated or large masses will benefit from having an open, partial or full nephrectomy. This is done by a single incision made from the lower abdomen or from the side where the kidney that will be removed is located. This allows clear views of the anatomy.
At times, the laparoscopic and robotic cases must be converted to open procedures. Your surgeon will discuss this in detail with you and will guide you to the best procedure for your individual case.