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What is Da Vinci robot assisted total nephrectomy?

15:12 - 9 April , 2021

Medical procedure



It refers to a surgery used to remove an entire kidney with the assistance of the Da Vinci robot. This provides support to the surgeon to identify, hold, and remove the kidney more quickly and efficiently, avoiding complications. Generally, a total nephrectomy is performed after confirming the presence of a tumor, either carcinogenic or benign, but it could also be used in the case of a donation.

Before the procedure:

  • You will be asked for different imaging tests to confirm the current state of your kidney.
  • You will be asked for blood and other preoperative tests.
  • Fast as suggested by your ABC doctor.
  • Remember to tell your doctor if you are under any treatment, including antibiotics, antiplatelet agents, and anticoagulants.

After the procedure:

The patient requires general anesthesia when a total nephrectomy is performed with the assistance of the Da Vinci robot. The intervention, although faster and less invasive than open surgery, can last up to four hours and require a full week in the hospital. 

After the surgical procedure, you could feel weak, with discomfort in the abdominal area, and have gastrointestinal problems. Don’t worry, your ABC doctor will accompany you at all times to attend to any pain or discomfort you have. 

It is important to consider that the total recovery from this surgery could take up to six months, although you can return to your daily activities between two to four weeks.

Potential risks:

A total nephrectomy assisted by the Da Vinci robot allows the kidney to be removed with greater precision, in a shorter time, and thus eliminate complications; however, as in any other surgery, there are some risks that you should consider: 

  • Infections and bleeding.
  • Require treatment via dialysis.
  • Herniation.
  • Respiratory problems and other complications derived from general anesthesia.
  • Dysphonia, dizziness, sore throat, and irritation.

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  • Garisto J, Bertolo R, Dagenais J, Sagalovich D, Fareed K, Fergany A, et al. Robotic versus open partial nephrectomy for highly complex renal masses: Comparison of perioperative, functional, and oncological outcomes. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2018;36(10):471.e1-471.e9. doi: 10.1016/j. urolonc.2018.06.012
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