Laparoscopic nephrectomy is performed through a transperitoneal or retroperitoneal approach. When compared with an open procedure, many surgeons find that laparoscopic nephrectomy offers shorter length of hospital stay, shorter time to oral intake, less pain medication requirement, and faster return to normal activity.

What is a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy?

Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy controls cancer equally as well as the traditional open procedure. Figure 1b. Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy is performed through 3 small incisions in the abdomen. The kidney and tumor are removed through a horizontal incision (usually about 3 inches) in the lower abdomen.