At Marina del Rey Hospital you have the option for this procedure to be performed with robotic assistance. Our medical professionals have extensive knowledge of the various modern treatment options and are the most qualified to achieve the best results regarding your recovery.
Through their dedication and care, the doctors at our facility in Los Angeles will make sure you will benefit from all the positive aspects of a minimally invasive nephroureterectomy – less pain, less scarring and a lower risk of complications.
Nephroureterectomy is a medical procedure that involves the removal of the kidneys or a part of them and the ureter. This surgical procedure is performed to treat severe kidney damage due to cancer or kidney tumors and it can be done using an open surgical approach or robotic surgery.
There are several ways a surgeon can perform nephroureterectomy depending on the gravity of your illness. Open or traditional surgery involves large incisions through the abdominal muscles while laparoscopic surgery uses small surgical tools through small incisions in the abdomen. Also, robotic-assisted surgery can be performed with increased precision and accuracy for the patient.
As a surgical procedure, nephroureterectomy remains the standard treatment of upper urinary tract transitional cell tumors. The surgery helps by removing large kidney tumors or when the patient has repeated infections or a complicated anatomy of the kidneys. The expansion of technology in the medical field also offers the possibility to perform the surgery using minimally invasive surgical techniques such as robot-assisted or laparoscopic nephroureterectomy. The main advantages of these procedures are reduced pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and improved cosmesis.
Being a major surgery, nephroureterectomy has potential risks and complications. These can include bleeding that requires further surgery or blood transfusion, infection, pain or hernia that necessitate further treatment. In some cases, adjacent tissue or organ injury can occur affecting the nerves, muscles, vascular structures, colon, bowel, spleen, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. In some cases, further interventions may be required to treat unexpected injuries like the insertion of a small chest tube to evacuate air, blood, and fluids from your lung cavity allowing them to expand and work properly.
If you have been diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma of the kidney or ureter you should speak with a doctor about nephroureterectomy. Open surgery or laparoscopic nephroureterectomy is recommended for removing the affected kidney, ureter, tumor and the regional lymph nodes. In order to find out which option would be best for your specific case call us at 310.823.8911 to find out more and schedule a consultation.