What is Laparoscopic nephrectomy?
Laparoscopic nephrectomy is a minimally invasive technique to remove a diseased or cancerous kidney. It is performed under general anesthesia. The typical length of the operation is 2 -3 hours. The surgery is performed through 3 small (5mm, 10 mm, 12 mm) incisions made in the abdomen. A 30 O laparoscope and small instruments are inserted into the abdomen through these keyhole incisions, which allow the surgeon to completely free and dissect the kidney without having to place his hands into the abdomen. After the kidney is completely dissected and separated from the renal artery, vein and ureter, the kidney is then placed within a plastic sack and removed intact through a lower abdominal incision
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy is a safe and effective surgery. When compared to on ventional open surgery which requires a larger incision, laparoscopic nephrectomy has resulted in significantly
- less post-operative pain,
- a shorter hospital stay,
- earlier return to work and daily activities,
- a more favorable cosmetic result and outcomes identical to that of open surgery.