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If you are suffering from kidney cancer or poor kidney function, you may need a laparoscopic nephrectomy (kidney removal). Book online today.
The surgery usually takes between 2 and 3 hours and requires the patient to have a general anaesthesia. The surgeon will insert a laparoscope and the surgical instruments through 4 or 5 small incisions. The damaged kidney will be removed through one of the incisions.
The surgery will require the patient to stay in the hospital for a few days.
The potential benefits of laparoscopic surgery compared to traditional open surgical procedures are: less blood loss, less pain, shorter recovery times and a better cosmetic outcome. It is generally a safe procedure with a low complication rate. Like most major abdominal procedures, however, complications can occur, though these are generally of a minor nature and will be explained by your surgeon.
Copy written by Mr Ian Dunn, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Ross Hall Hospital