Laparoscopic nephrectomy


Nephrectomy means the removal of the kidney. A kidney can be removed by an open approach (making a cut) or by laparoscopic approach (keyhole surgery). With the open surgical removal of the kidney, a cut is made on the side of the body. With laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes a couple of holes to pass instruments and a camera to the inside of the body. The benefit of the laparoscopic approach is that the operation is less painful, your hospital stay is shorter and also time off work.

Open surgical nephrectomy is sometimes done for more complex kidney pathology.



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