Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy for Kidney Cancer

A laparoscopic radical nephrectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is commonly recommended to remove a cancerous kidney. Unlike conventional open surgery, which is performed through a large incision, laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a laparoscope (wand-like camera) and a set of tiny surgical instruments, which are inserted through a series of small “ports” created in the abdominal wall. A surgeon can use a laparoscope to view the inside of the abdominal cavity and remove a kidney through a small incision. For certain patients, a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy can achieve the same result as an open radical nephrectomy with several important benefits, including a reduced risk of surgical complications, less post-operative discomfort and a better cosmetic outcome.

When performing a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, a surgeon will typically remove:

  • The entire affected kidney
  • A section of the tube (ureter) that connects the cancerous kidney to the bladder
  • The adrenal gland located immediately above the affected kidney
  • A margin of surrounding fatty tissue

The renowned surgeons in the Genitourinary Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center perform the laparoscopic radical nephrectomy procedure and a variety of other surgeries to address all types of kidney cancer. As high-volume cancer center, Moffitt treats many patients who have kidney cancer and offers a highly refined level of surgical expertise. Our patients also have access to promising new treatment options available only through our robust clinical trials. As a nationally recognized leader in cancer research, Moffitt is the only cancer center based in Florida that has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

To discuss kidney cancer treatment options, including a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, with the expert oncologists at Moffitt, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.