Robotic Surgery for Kidney Cancer
Today, physicians at Mount Sinai are utilizing one of the most advanced surgical approaches to kidney cancer, minimally invasive robotic surgery, to safely and more precisely remove small tumors while leaving the rest of the healthy, functioning kidney in the body. Patients are benefiting from fewer complications and side effects, including smaller incisions, less scarring and post-surgical pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery.
A pioneer in the use of minimally invasive robotic surgery for kidney cancer, Mount Sinai is one of the few medical centers in the United States where this procedure is offered. In the past, the standard of care for small tumors was to remove the entire kidney, a procedure known as nephrectomy. But partial nephrectomy (removing part of the kidney) and preserving as much kidney function as possible without compromising control of the cancer has emerged as the best approach for treating small kidney tumors (4 cm or less) in recent years.
Robotic Surgery Skill and Experience
Minimally invasive robotic surgery enables the surgeon to perform partial nephrectomies with greater precision than traditional laparoscopic surgery (surgery performed by making only very small incisions). However, minimally invasive robotic surgery is complex and requires exceptional surgical skill and experience.
Dr. Michael Palese, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Urology and a leading expert on robotic kidney surgery, performed the first robotic partial nephrectomy at Mount Sinai in 2005. He has performed more than 4,000 minimally invasive kidney surgeries. He is one of only a handful of surgeons trained and experienced in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical approaches which uniquely qualifies him to perform partial and complete kidney removal with the robot.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery is not an option for all patients. The decision to proceed with robotic surgery depends on numerous factors, including the size, location and aggressiveness of the tumor, a patient’s medical profile and history, and the patient’s expectations and preferences.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and you are interested in learning more about robotic kidney cancer surgery or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-241-4812.