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Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

Kidney cancer

  • It is responsible for 2% of all malignant tumors.

  • It is 2 times more frequent in men than in women.

  • Classic symptoms such as low back pain and blood in the urine are uncommon.

  • Currently, most cases are diagnosed incidentally when performing an imaging test.

  • When the tumor is small it is possible to perform a partial surgery, that is, to remove only the tumor while preserving the kidney.

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Robotic partial nephrectomy

  • Robotic partial nephrectomy is the most advanced surgery for the treatment of kidney cancer and is currently the technique of choice in the main surgical centers worldwide.

  • It consists of removing the tumor while preserving the rest of the renal parenchyma. Thanks to that, it is possible to avoid the deterioration of renal function that occurs when the entire kidney is removed.

  • Once the tumor has been removed, it is necessary to perform a reconstruction of the urinary tract which is improved thanks to robotic surgery, avoiding leaks and new procedures such as the placement of a ureteral catheter.

  • In some cases, it is necessary to temporarily block the renal artery (ischemia) to prevent bleeding. Robotic surgery shortens this ischemia time, which prevents kidney damage.

  • Usually, hospital admission lasts 3 days and it is not necessary to carry a urinary catheter at home.

  • Hundreds of patients benefit every year with the use of this technology worldwide.


  • Maximum precision to remove the tumor tissue

  • Faster recovery

  • Lower complication rate

  • Less pain and less pain reliever requirement

  • Less bleeding and lower transfusion rate

  • Shorter hospital stay

  • An early return to the usual routine activities.

  • Less need for additional procedures such as ureteral catheter placement.

Robotic surgery helps the surgeon to accurately remove the tumor, to preserve more renal parenchyma, to easily reconstruct the urinary tract and decreasing ischemia times.

Meet your surgeon

Cirugía robótica da Vinci, Dr. Carles Raventos

Dr. Carles Xavier Raventós Busquets

Dr. Raventós is a renowned urologist with a long career path in minimally invasive surgery, being a pioneer in Catalonia and Spain in several techniques for surgical treatment of prostate and bladder cancer by robotic surgery.

Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

He has worked as a clinical chief at the Platon Hospital until the beginning of 2004 and is currently head of the bladder cancer unit of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona where he is also an associate professor at the UAB School of Medicine.

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