Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Expanding Utilization, Advancing Innovation

Christopher J D Wallis, Alaina Garbens, Sameer Chopra, Inderbir S. Gill, Raj Satkunasivam

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Robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) is gaining increasing prominence for nephron-sparing surgery in the treatment of patients with localized kidney tumors. RPN offers the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with a shorter learning curve compared with its laparoscopic counterpart. While long-term data are awaited, RPN does provide short-term oncologic and functional outcomes comparable to open and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Furthermore, robotic surgery has facilitated technical innovation, including the elimination of warm ischemia, provided minimally invasive alternatives to patients with complex tumors, and importantly, has fuelled increased dissemination of partial nephrectomy surgery among community urologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-354
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2017


  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Nephrectomy
  • Nephrons
  • Organ Sparing Treatments
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urologists
  • Warm Ischemia
  • Journal Article
  • Review


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