- Extensive expertise and experience. Highly skilled Mayo Clinic urologic surgeons have performed thousands of nephrectomies over the years and more than 2,500 partial nephrectomies since 2005. Mayo Clinic was one of the first medical centers to begin performing this procedure more than 30 years ago.
- Minimally invasive options. At Mayo Clinic, partial nephrectomy is the preferred treatment for small, single tumors located in only one kidney. Mayo experts use advanced surgical techniques to offer less invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted options for partial nephrectomy. The smaller incisions in robotic and laparoscopic surgery usually mean you'll have less pain after surgery and a faster return to your normal activities.
- Research leader. Mayo Clinic has long been at the forefront of research on kidney-sparing surgery. Mayo Clinic tracks the results of Mayo Clinic patients treated for kidney cancer, focusing on how to improve outcomes. Research at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere shows overall higher survival rates for people who had only part of a kidney removed (partial nephrectomy) compared with people who had a whole kidney removed (radical nephrectomy).
Why choose Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks #1 for kidney disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for kidney disorders, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for kidney disorders by U.S. News & World Report.
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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.
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