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Expert Discusses Robotic Surgery in RCC

Danielle Bucco
Published: Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Ketan K. Badani, MD

Ketan K. Badani, MD
Robotic surgery can have a significant benefit for patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) undergoing a partial nephrectomy.

Badani, a professor of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses the benefits of robotic surgery in RCC and use of the technique among urologists.

OncLive: Can you discuss where we currently are with robotic surgery in kidney cancer?

Badani: Robotic surgery has permeated urology as a field quite heavily, prostatectomy being the most commonly performed robotic operation. However, the procedure that is gaining the most traction in terms of utilization has become robotic partial nephrectomy. The reason is because the robotic platform allows us to do partial nephrectomy more efficiently, since this is more of a challenge in laparoscopic operations. Additionally, we can do more complicated partial nephrectomies more often, which we were not able to do previously in the field.

What are the benefits of using robotic surgery?

In my opinion, there are 2 main benefits for using robotic surgery. The first is the ability to perform surgery that is minimally invasive. We know that whether it is laparoscopic or robotic, the patient will have less pain and a quicker healing time, which is appealing to patients.
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