The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state's only comprehensive cancer center, offers nephrectomy procedures to patients with kidney cancer.
Laparoscopic and Laparoscopic/Hand-assist Nephrectomy
At the Carbone Cancer Center, we developed the hand-assist nephrectomy and published the first articles about this procedure in 1999.
To date, we have one of the largest and most experienced facilities in the country for this procedure, which permits the kidney to be removed through a small incision. This allows for a shorter period of time before patients can return to work or full activity levels - without compromising cancer control.
This is applicable to a large number of kidney operations that require removal of the whole kidney.
Partial Nephrectomy and Minimally Ablative Techniques
With partial nephrectomy, we offer removal of just the tumor, leaving the rest of the normal kidney behind in some situations.
This allows patients to maintain their normal renal function without having the entire kidney removed. In selected situations, we have used cryoablation for kidney lesions using a laparoscopic approach.