Surgeons at the Brady Urological Institute offer several different minimally invasive procedures for patients with kidney cancer. Depending on the size of the tumor and each patient’s unique needs, doctors may choose laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic partial nephrectomy or percutaneous ablation.
These procedures provide patients with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and an earlier return to daily activities.
Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy
Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove large kidney tumors. During this surgery, three small incisions are made to remove the entire kidney.
- Learn more about laparoscopic radical nephrectomy in our health library
- Read pre- and postoperative instructions for laparoscopic radical nephrectomy
Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove smaller kidney tumors. During this surgery, four small incisions are made to remove the tumor from the rest of the kidney. Unlike radical nephrectomy, only part of the kidney is removed.
- Learn more laparoscopic partial nephrectomy in our health library
- Read pre- and postoperative instructions for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy
Ablation destroys the tumor, either by freezing (cryoablation) or heating (radiofrequency ablation). Not all kidney tumors are suitable for ablation, but your doctor can help determine which procedure is best for you.