The kidneys are the two small organs that are located behind the abdomen, on each side of the spine. The kidneys are responsible for producing urine and they remove toxic by-products and excess fluids from the body. This helps to maintain a balance of salt, acid and potassium which is critical for the body to function normally.

When kidney disease or kidney cancer is detected in one or both of the kidneys, a nephrectomy may be a surgery considered to treat the condition. Depending on the size of the tumor, the location, stage of the disease and the patient’s age and overall health, a variety of surgical procedures are available for total or partial kidney removal.

A partial nephrectomy can also be performed where a portion of the kidney is removed. Surgery may be open or laparoscopic.

A laparoscopic nephrectomy uses a minimally invasive approach usually performed through two to three tiny puncture holes and a 2.5-inch incision through which the organ is removed. Using a laparoscope to view and perform the surgery, the smaller incisions shorten post operative stay and minimizes discomfort, scaring, pain and blood loss. The cure rate using a laparoscopic approach is equal to the open surgery method, but with considerably less disability post-op.

If you are considering a laparoscopic nephrectomy to surgically treat your kidney cancer or kidney disease, the urologists at the North Dallas Urology Associates will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the appropriate paperwork, forms and surgical information you will need to move forward towards your kidney surgery.

Please contact the North Dallas Urology Associates for more information on the laparascopic nephrectomy for kidney removal. To schedule an appointment at our Plano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.