Kidney Cancer

Overview

Drs. Louis Kavoussi and Ralph Clayman performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy in 1990. Since their discovery, the technique has been shown to provide patients with a safe and effective way to remove a diseased kidney. Laparoscopic nephrectomy is a minimally invasive technique that causes less discomfort with equivalent results when compared to traditional open surgery. This technique can be used safely to remove kidneys diseased with cancer, infection or blockage.

When compared to the conventional open surgical technique, laparoscopic nephrectomy has resulted in significantly less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities and a more favorable cosmetic result. When used to treat cancer, laparoscopic nephrectomy also has been shown to provide equal cure compared to open surgery.