Kidney - Renal Surgery
Laparoscopic nephrectomy is a surgical innovation that uses minimally invasive technology and techniques to enhance the removal of a kidney for live-donor procedures, cancer or other benign conditions. In 1998, California Pacific was the first kidney transplant program in the San Francisco Bay Area to perform a laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. We continue utilizing this procedure with great success.
A laparoscopic nephrectomy results in a smaller incision, faster recovery and shorter hospital stay with fewer potential complications. During the procedure, small incisions are made at key points to enable insertion of instruments and a miniature camera. The camera is attached to a monitor that the surgeons view to guide their work. A slightly larger incision in the lower aspect of the patient's abdomen is used to remove the kidney for transplantation or pathological exam.