Partial Nephrectomy

If you have kidney cancer, you may not have to lose your entire kidney to surgery depending on your disease state and tumor location.  At Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a surgical technique called partial nephrectomy removes only the diseased part of your kidney and spare the healthy, functioning kidney tissue.

Sparing kidney tissue is important because studies show that patients who have their entire kidney removed are more likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) after surgery compared to patients who receive a kidney-sparing partial nephrectomy.

In fact, the American Urological Association states that partial nephrectomy is the gold standard treatment option for small to medium-sized kidney tumors or masses.

The da Vinci® Surgical System at Holy Cross uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor provide the gold standard treatment, where indicated, and also perform a more precise operation. da Vinci offers several potential benefits to patients facing kidney surgery, including:

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


Illustration of open kidney surgery incision vs. da Vinci surgery incision on male body

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

To contact a physician who performs minimally invasive robotic kidney surgery, call 866-442-3627 or view the following profile(s) for physician contact information: