- Extensive expertise and experience. Highly skilled Mayo Clinic urologic surgeons have performed thousands of nephrectomies over the years and about 2,000 partial nephrectomies since 2005. Mayo was one of the first medical centers to begin performing this procedure more than 20 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 postoperative pain and blood loss 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 patients treated for kidney cancer, focusing on how to improve outcomes. Research at Mayo and elsewhere shows overall higher survival rates for people who had a partial nephrectomy compared with people who had their whole kidney removed (radical nephrectomy).
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for kidney disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are 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.
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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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