Nephroureterectomy Used to Treat Transitional Cell Cancer

The Urology Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The doctors at The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various kidney diseases. Our urologists utilize nephroureterectomy as a procedure to remove a kidney or part of a kidney, as well as the ureter.

What is Nephroureterectomy?

A nephroureterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a kidney or part of a kidney, and all or part of the tube that carries the urine out of the kidney (ureter) to the bladder. It is a procedure used for severe kidney damage caused by kidney cancer or kidney tumors. In treating kidney cancer, nephroureterectomy is used to treat transitional cell cancer in the lining of the urinary tract.

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Types of Nephroureterectomy procedures
  • Traditional surgery with large incisions through abdominal muscle.
  • Laparoscopic surgery using small surgical tools and a lit endoscope through small incisions in the abdomen.
  • Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery provides increased accuracy and precision for patients who qualify.

Our doctors will help determine what type of nephroureterectomy is appropriate for you conditions.

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Who should receive a Nephroureterectomy?

Nephroureterectomy is performed on patients who have transitional cell cancer in the upper urinary tract.