Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

Dr Geoff Coughlin has a large experience in Robotic Partial Nephrectomy. He runs Australia’s advanced robotic urology training course for Robotic Partial Nephrectomy at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He has presented on the techniques of robotic partial nephrectomy at international meetings. He co-authored the first Australian series of robotic partial nephrectomy (removal of kidney tumour with preservation of the kidney) which was published in the British Journal of Urology.

Watch a robotic partial nephrectomy performed by Dr Geoff Coughlin.

Partial nephrectomy is considered the gold standard treatment option for small to medium-sized kidney tumours or masses. It allows removal of the mass while preserving the rest of the kidney. Partial nephrectomy is the removal of part of the kidney instead of the entire kidney as a treatment for kidney tumours.

The advantages of Robotic Partial Nephrectomy for Kidney Cancer include the following:

  • Excellent clinical outcomes and cancer control ¹

  • Short hospital stay ²

  • Low blood loss ¹ ²

  • Low rate of complications ³

Robotic surgery has truly revolutionised the operation of partial nephrectomy.
Traditional open surgery on the kidney is done through a large flank incision. This is a painful incision with a long recovery. Robotic Surgery for kidney conditions uses the tried and true techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. The operations are usually performed with 4 or 5 small 'keyhole' incisions.

1. Benway BM, Wang AJ, Cabello JC, Bhayani SB; Robotic Partial Nephrectomy with Sliding-Clip Renorrhaphy: Technique and Outcomes; European Association of Urology, Accepted December 28, 2008. Published online ahead of print on January 7, 2009 2. Rogers CG, Menon M, Weise ES, Robotic partial nephrectomy: a multi-institutional analysis; J Robotic Surgery (2008) 2:141-143 DOI 10.1007/s11701-008-0098-2 3. Bhayani SB, Das N., Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for suspected renal cell carcinoma. BMC Surgery 2008, 8:16 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-8-16.