Minimally Invasive Kidney Surgery
Non-Cancerous and Cancerous Conditions of the Kidney
Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Living kidney donation has revolutionized kidney transplantation. The first living donor kidney transplant was performed in 1999 and in 2004, Aurora St. Luke's physicians performed their first laparascopic kidney donation.
Pyeloplasty and Ureteral Reimplantation
These robotic-assisted procedures are used to treat or repair other abnormalities of the kidney and ureter (tube that leads from the kidney to the bladder).
Surgery is the main approach for the treatment of kidney cancer. Aurora offers advanced robotic-assisted surgical techniques to improve the outcome of patients facing kidney cancer as well as other kidney disorders. Robotic-assisted surgery lets the surgeon perform complex procedures with precise detail and less physical trauma for the patient.
Robotic-assisted Radical Nephrectomy: the most common form of surgery for kidney cancer, this procedure removes the entire kidney.
Robotic-assisted Partial Nephrectomy: depending on the size and location of the tumor, in some cases it is possible to remove only the diseased part of the kidney to spare healthy tissue and preserve kidney function.
Since initiating our robotic-assisted surgery program in 2002, Aurora Health Care physicians have collectively performed more than 4,700 robotic-assisted procedures using the daVinci Surgical System.
Aurora St. Luke’s urology program has been ranked best in Wisconsin by U.S.News and World Report, based on reputation, mortality rate and patient care.
Additional benefits of robotic-assisted prostate surgery:
- Significantly less pain
- Less trauma to surrounding tissue
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recoveries
- More rapid return to everyday activities
- Less scarring
- Less risk of infection
To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, see our frequently asked questions.
If you are considering a robotic-assisted surgery, consider asking your physician the following questions:
- What experience do you have with robotic-assisted surgery?
- What types of robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
- How many robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
- What type of outcomes have your patients experienced?
To find out if robotic-assisted surgery may be right for you, visit Aurora’s Second Opinion Program or call 888-973-2663.