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Image of the kidneys and the aorta and inferior vena cavaA nephrectomy is a procedure to remove a kidney.

There are different types of nephrectomy:

  • Radical nephrectomy is performed for suspected kidney cancer.
  • Simple nephrectomy is performed for benign (non-cancerous) conditions.
  • Nephroureterectomy, removal of the kidney and the ureter, is performed for urothelial cancer. 

Nephrectomy can be performed:

  • Laparoscopically – minimally invasive ‘key-hole’ surgery via multiple small incisions.
  • Open – via a single larger incision.
  • Robotically  – with the assistance of the Da Vinci robotic surgical system.

At Brisbane Urology Clinic, all our urologists are highly experienced in nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy for malignant and benign kidney conditions.