Technology & Health

First reports of robotic surgery for advanced vena cava tumor thrombus due to kidney cancer

Technology and Health

First reports of robotic surgery for advanced vena cava tumor thrombus due to kidney cancer

Surgery is required when cancer of the kidney causes a Level III thrombus, or clot, to develop in the major vein leading back to the heart. Traditionally this complicated procedure, inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy, is performed using a large open incision, primarily because the vein is often difficult to reach. In an article published in The Journal of Urology®, a team of surgeons describe the first cases in which this procedure has been successfully performed robotically.

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