Adult Robotic-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma

  • Ronald S. Boris
  • Peter A. PintoEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)


The introduction of robotic surgery has revolutionized the treatment of urologic malignancy. Initially established for radical prostatectomy, robotic techniques are now being applied in the management of renal cancer. The feasibility and safety of robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) has been demonstrated in several small, single-institution studies [1–10]. Recently this technique has been applied successfully in patients with hilar, endophytic, and multiple renal masses [8–10]. Features of the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical Corp., Sunnyvale, California, USA) include 3D vision, articulating instruments, and motion scaling to reduce tremor. These amenities may allow the surgeon the ability to replicate established “open” maneuvers and allow for complex tumor extirpation and renal reconstruction which is challenging in a pure laparoscopic manner.


Nephron-sparing surgery Robotics Kidney cancer Minimally invasive surgery Techniques 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urologic Oncology BranchNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA

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