Laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized many surgical procedures, including a number of urologic surgeries. A laparoscope is a slender instrument containing a light source and a tiny camera that is used to view internal organs and perform a variety of procedures using delicate instruments. The laparoscope and instruments are inserted into the body through several keyhole incisions made in the patient’s abdomen. After the procedure is completed, the incision sites are covered with small bandages. In many cases, laparoscopy enables a patient to avoid major surgery. Laparoscopic procedures hasten recovery time (to usually just a few days) and reduce pain, blood loss, hospital stay, and the risk of infection.

Urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center perform the following laparoscopic procedures:

  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy to remove cancerous kidneys
  • Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy to remove a part of the kidney that contains a cancer
  • Laparoscopic simple nephrectomy to remove a non-functioning kidney because of non-cancerous conditions that have caused renal disease
  • Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy to remove a kidney from a live donor that will be used for a kidney transplant
  • Laparoscopic nephroureterectomy to remove an entire kidney and ureter for patients with certain types of kidney or urethral cancer
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy to remove one or both adrenal glands or a partial removal of one or both adrenal glands if a benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumor is present
  • Laparoscopic cyst excision to remove large kidney cysts  

Laparoscopic renal cryoablation to freeze and destroy small kidney tumors.


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