What is the role of laparoscopic nephrectomy in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Laparoscopic nephrectomy is a less invasive procedure than radical nephrectomy, incurs less morbidity, and is associated with shorter recovery time and less blood loss. Although the need for pain medications is reduced, operating room time and costs are higher. Disadvantages include concerns about spillage and technical difficulties in defining surgical margins. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy can be considered at centers with experience in this procedure for early stage renal cell cancer.


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