Single Incision Robotic Kidney Removal

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Invasive surgeries are becoming a thing of the past. Blood loss, the possibility of shock, the possibility of infection, larger scars, and patient recovery time are being replaced with easier operations for both the surgeon and the patient. Robotics replaces the surgeon’s hands and is improving as technology advances.

What is Single Incision Robotic Kidney Removal?

Single Incision Robotic Kidney Removal is a new technique that enables a surgeon to conduct and operation virtually by remote control. The robot mechanism can enter through a much smaller incision that the surgeons hands would require, allowing for a smaller opening and a quicker operating time. The surgeon has full control of the robot during the surgery. As Craig Rogers, M.D., Henry Ford’s director of robotic renal surgery explains, “I control every movement made by the robotic arms. The robotic instruments are like having my hands inside the body.”

For small kidney tumors, Dr. Rogers uses the robot to perform robotic partial nephrectomies, keeping the incision very small and blood loss minimal. He removed a whole kidney from a fifty year old patient with the robot leaving only a three inch scar.

How Does Single Incision Robotic Surgery Benefit Patients?

Using Single Incision Robotic Surgery on kidney patients can benefit the patient in several ways. The blood loss is minimal, requiring smaller (if any) transfusions. The surgeries take less time than the larger incisions and more invasive previous methods. The possibilities of shock and infection are lessened with the use of sterilized robots as opposed to the hands on methods of the past. Recovery time and scar tissue are minimized by the smaller incisions.


Modern technology is providing new methods for improved surgeries and general patient care as fast as the needs are identified. Combining technologies is a very effective way to improve all aspects of medicine. Robotics was once considered science fiction, but is now being used to save lives and improve the chances of survival for patients. Talented surgeons like Dr. Rogers are using robotics in their work, perfecting the technology as they continue to use it. Adapting new ideas to existing technology is the fastest way for technology to move forward.