Nephron-Sparing Surgery (Partial Nephrectomy)

Partial nephrectomy – also known as nephron sparing surgery removes a portion of the affected kidney and is usually performed in individuals where the kidney tumour is 4 cm or smaller in size. This type of surgery will also be considered for individuals with a single kidney or tumours in both kidneys.

Nephrectomy can be performed laparoscopically (by keyhole surgery) or by open surgery. The laparoscopic technique is becoming increasingly used as it is less invasive requiring only several small incisions into the skin (compared to one large incision for open surgery) or more recently through one small incision in the belly button.