Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
Fortunately, this surgery can now be performed robotically. Robotic partial nephrectomy, using the da Vinci® Surgical System, enables your doctor to perform a minimally invasive surgery with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The da Vinci Surgical System uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor provide several potential benefits to patients facing kidney surgery, including:
- Excellent clinical outcomes and cancer control
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss
- Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
- Excellent chance of preserving the kidney, in certain operations
- Low rate of operative complications
If your doctor is able to preserve your healthy, functioning kidney tissue, this can help to prevent future kidney disease and even dialysis.
The Robotic-assisted Surgery Program is led by Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, an expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery.
What makes Dr. Tuerk special is that he is an oncologist (a specialist in treating cancer), and is laparoscopically trained, which is a unique combination and guarantees expertise all aspects of the treatment of urological cancer including prostate cancer. Dr. Tuerk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has pioneered many procedures. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery starting in April 1999.
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD
Cancer Care, Surgical Oncology, Urology, Robotic Surgery