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Benefiting from the most advanced technology in minimally invasive surgery, the expert urologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are able to stop the very serious consequences regarding kidney diseases in a manner that will speed up your recovery and lower the risks of negative side effects.

By coming to our facility to undergo a nephrectomy, you are choosing the services of the greatest team of urologists and medical staff available. Due to their vast knowledge of the various methods of treatment and the assistance of robotic surgery, you are guaranteed the safest way to recovery.

Kidney disorders can have very serious consequences. When kidney cancer, injury (from a fall, for example), rupture, or malfunction negatively affects a person's health, often the best solution involves removing some or all of one kidney.

Depending on the tumor size and location, and the stage of your disease, your surgeon may elect to remove a portion of the kidney (partial nephrectomy) or the entire kidney (radical nephrectomy). Both of these are very delicate and complex procedures, which is why it is vitally important to put yourself in the skilled hands of our specialized surgeons.

Partial nephrectomy surgery is most often performed to treat small, incidentally discovered, low-stage kidney cancer or to remove a seriously damaged or diseased kidney.

Partial nephrectomy, also known as “kidney-sparing” surgery, can preserve portions of the kidney tissue.

With minimally invasive laparoscopy, rather than making a large incision and watching the surgery directly, the surgeon performs the operation with special tools through a few small incisions.

The surgeon watches what he or she is doing on a monitor hooked up to a tiny camera in the abdomen.

With robotic surgery the da Vinci Si surgical robot enhances the surgeon's natural steadiness and precision, resulting in incisions that are more precise than is possible with the human hand alone.

Other advantages of minimally invasive surgical treatment are:

  • The risk for negative side effects is very low
  • Fewer scars
  • Less pain from surgery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay

Robot-assisted surgery amplifies our surgeons’ dexterity and gives our skilled physicians an improved field of view.

Marina surgeons maintain full control of their specialized robotic instruments, using them to further enhance intuitive human movements while navigating and operating with unprecedented precision.

Our highly trained surgeons manipulate the articulated motions of the robot to achieve a level of accuracy that minimizes tissue trauma through tiny incisions.

The experienced use of our advanced technology has tremendous benefits for our patients – you will have less blood loss during surgery, less post-operative pain, and a reduced need for pain medication, and you can expect minimal scarring. Our surgeons have extended experience in operating with the Da Vinci® Surgical System. The key components of this system include:

  • 4 interactive robotic arms
  • A high-definition 3D vision system
  • A patient-side cart where the patient is placed during the operation
  • An ergonomic console for the surgeon to sit at during the surgery
  • Proprietary EndoWrist® tools