Kidney Surgery Videos

Nephrectomy (nuh-FREK-tuh-me) is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a kidney:

  • Complete nephrectomy.During a complete (radical) nephrectomy, the surgeon removes the entire kidney.
  • Partial nephrectomy. In a partial nephrectomy, the surgeon removes diseased tissue from a kidney and leaves healthy tissue in place.

A nephrectomy may be performed to treat kidney cancer or to remove a seriously damaged or diseased kidney. In a donor nephrectomy, the surgeon removes a healthy kidney for transplant into a person who needs a functioning kidney.

The surgeon may perform a nephrectomy procedure through a single large incision in the abdomen or side (open nephrectomy) or through a series of small incisions in the abdomen (laparoscopic nephrectomy), or robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, which allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with while being minimally invasive, meaning performed through tiny incisions. To see through our kidney surgery videos, or check out our Youtube Page.