Principles of the procedure

This is performed to completely remove a small kidney cancer. The cancer is excised from the kidney, preserving the rest of the kidney, with less reduction in overall kidney function. The dissection of the kidney and excision of the kidney cancer is performed via 4-5 keyhole incisions. The robot is used to facilitate the surgeon to excise the cancer and repair the kidney. The excised kidney cancer is then removed via a small incision in the lower abdomen.

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Pre-Operative Preparation

You will be admitted on the same day of the procedure. No specific preparation is needed apart from fasting about 6 hours prior to the surgery. You should continue to take your usual medications unless directed otherwise by your Urologist or his anaesthetist. Please inform us if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication.

Expected Post-operative recovery

Following the surgery, you will wake up with a catheter in your bladder. This is generally removed on the 2nd day after the surgery when you are more mobile. You will have som mild tenderness from the wounds from the surgery; this usually subsides greatly after the first 24 hours though you will have very good pain relief over that time. Normal diet is able to be resumed the day following the operation and you will be encouraged to mobilise out of bed, as this speeds up the recovery process. Most patients are able to go home by the 2nd to 4th day after the operation. Normal light activities are able to be resumed from there, just avoiding heavy lifting for about 6 weeks. It is normal to experience reduced levels of energy following major surgery (even laparoscopic) which can sometimes last for a couple of months, though with subsequent return to normality.

Risks – as per your discussion with your Urologist



Open conversion

Injury to surrounding structures



Anaesthetic risks