Robotic Radical Nephrectomy and Nephroureterectomy
Dr Sethi is highly trained in minimally invasive laparoscopy and robotics to deliver advanced urological surgery, including robotic radical nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy. These procedures provide effective solutions for patients with large or central kidney tumours or upper urinary tract urothelial cancer when the entire kidney and drainage system (ureter) need to be removed.
Robotic radical nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy are advanced keyhole surgical approaches designed to remove the kidney affected by cancer. The benefits of a robotic approach for these surgeries are:
- Minimally Invasive: Several small incisions reduce pain and scarring compared to open surgery.
- Swift Recovery: Patients experience faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker return to daily activities.
- Enhanced Precision: Robotic technology provides meticulous control, fewer stitches are placed in the bladder, and urinary catheter times are lower when ureterectomy is required
- Minimal Blood Loss: Robotic surgery results in minimal blood loss compared to open surgery.
The procedures typically take two to three hours under general anaesthesia. A high-definition camera and robotic arms, controlled by Dr. Sethi, ensure precision during kidney or ureter removal. A second assistant surgeon offers extra support at the bedside.
The postoperative period includes a short hospital stay (1-2 nights), the possibility of a temporary catheter for monitoring, and a gradual return to normal activities. Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor overall recovery and kidney function.
Risks and Considerations
While these robotic procedures are generally safe, being aware of potential risks is critical, including infection, bleeding, injury to surrounding organs, urine leak, and small hernias.
Under the expert guidance of Dr Kapil Sethi, our dedicated team is committed to delivering personalised care and support throughout your journey. We meticulously review imaging to determine the most suitable treatment, ensuring the best possible outcome for each patient.