Nephrectomy, the complete removal of a kidney, is indicated for kidney cancer that has spread unfavorably within the kidney or beyond but has not yet metastasized. Removal can also be offered for non-functioning kidneys.



Kidney tumors, both benign and malignant, have unclear triggers. Known risk factors for kidney cancer include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and genetic factors like Von Hippel-Lindau disease.


Kidney tumors are often discovered accidentally. Symptoms include blood in the urine, flank or back pain. Late symptoms can include night sweats, unexplained fever, weight loss, and exhaustion.

Special Features

Surgical treatment offers the best chance of survival for locally limited kidney cancer.
The Da-Vinci nephrectomy is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive keyhole surgery that requires special surgical expertise. Instruments are introduced under general anesthesia through small incisions in the abdomen or flank (for a posterior abdominal approach) and then controlled by the surgeon via a console.

How is the surgery performed?

During the operation, the entire kidney with the kidney tumor and surrounding tissue is removed.
The success of the operation depends on the team’s experience and specific patient data.

What risks should be considered?

General surgical risks:

Every surgery carries certain risks, such as bleeding during or after the operation, damage to adjacent organs, or wound healing problems.

Patient-specific risks:

Previous surgeries, illnesses, or medications can affect the course of the operation and postoperative recovery. These risks are assessed individually based on the patient’s medical history.

Surgery-specific risks:

Possible side effects include postoperative bleeding, infections, retrograde ejaculation, and accumulation of lymphatic fluid on the affected side.
Depending on the tissue analysis, a tailored treatment and follow-up plan will be developed. Additional therapy may be necessary. Surgery can often cure tumors, but regular check-ups remain essential as cancer can recur. Moreover, a balanced diet, adequate fluid intake, exercise, and sleep support recovery and strengthen long-term health.

What happens after the surgery?







1-2 hours
1-2 days
minimal, oral painkillers
no dressings, the stitches are self-dissolving

Benefits of Dr. Sarychev's Surgery

Low complication rate
of patients experience no significant complications
after kidney surgeries
Low blood loss
Low complication rate

of patients do not require blood transfusions
after kidney surgeries

Low blood loss