da Vinci Nephrectomy (Kidney Cancer)

Kidney cancer is relatively resistant to noninvasive treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. As a result, the gold standard treatment for localized kidney cancer is surgery.

Kidney surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive but limits the doctor’s precision, visualization and control compared to open surgery.

da Vinci Surgery uses the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach.

Image of the difference between an open and a da Vinci incision for nephrectomy (kidney) surgery.

The precision, vision and control of the da Vinci Surgical System allows your surgeon to provide a precise, minimally invasive treatment for kidney cancer. It may also provide your surgeon the means to preserve your kidney by removing just the tumor and not the entire kidney. And, preserving your kidney can help prevent future kidney disease and even dialysis.

*In certain cases, your doctor may need to remove the entire kidney. If so, he/she will enlarge one incision for removal.


da Vinci Surgery for Kidney Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a very effective, minimally invasive treatment — da Vinci Surgery. da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation as compared to conventional surgery. It offers numerous potential benefits over open surgery, including:

  • Excellent clinical outcomes and cancer control
  • Short hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
  • Excellent chance of preserving the kidney, where indicated
  • Low rate of operative complications

As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific.


Learn More about da Vinci Robotic Kidney Cancer Surgery

If you are a candidate for kidney cancer surgery, talk to an EvergreenHealth surgeon who performs da Vinci nephrectomy. To find a surgeon, you can:

  • Search our Find a Doctor for Surgery - Kidney Cancer (robotic).
  • Call the EvergreenHealthline at 425.899.3000 and press "1" at the prompt.

For additional information on the da Vinci robotic kidney cancer surgery:

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While gallbladder surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.