Urologic Surgical Associates of Delaware
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USA Delaware is pleased to announce that Fran Schanne, MD, FACS has been voted a "2013 Top Doc" by the readers of Delaware Today.

We are proud to be the first urologists in Delaware to offer robotic surgery for prostate cancer, bladder cancer and kidney cancer using the da Vinci Surgical system.

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Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Peri-op Instructions
Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Peri-op Instructions
Robotic-Assisted Laprascopic Partial Nephrectomy is the use of robotic technology to facilitate removal of a tumor from the kidney laparoscopically. The surgery is performed through 5-6 small key-hole incisions (1-2cm in size) to remove just the tumor while leaving the remaining kidney intact and functioning. This strategy is called nephron-sparing. Nephrons are the small tubes that make the kidney work. Nephron-sparing surgery preserves kidney function for better health.

For Robotic Partial Nephrectomy you will be admitted the day of surgery and usually you will be discharged 1-2 days after the surgery. The two keys to being discharged are tolerating a liquid diet and tolerating oral pain control. Most patients do not have their first post-operative bowel movement until after discharge to home.

Partial nephrectomy creates a repair of the resected area of the kidney that has the potential of significant bleeding post-operatively. You must take great care not to risk undue strain on the surgery site. In general, this area does not bleed significantly during the post-op period and most patients experience very little bleeding overall from this surgery but the surgical repair site must be protected from strenuous activity or straining to prevent any significant bleeding during the first four weeks of post-operative recovery. In general, for the first four weeks do not lift anything heavier than 20 lbs, do not do anything strenuous, and avoid athletic training.

Another important aspect to your post-operative recovery is the resumption of bowel function. The anesthetic, abdominal insufflation, pain medications, and post-operative immobility are all constipating. For this reason we have you prepare the day before surgery with a bowel prep and then post-operatively encourage you to remain on a liquid diet and to use milk of magnesium three times a day until your first bowel movement (usually post-operative day three or four).

There will be transparent bandages of tegaderm over small gauze bandages covering these incisions and you can remove these bandages on post-operative day two or three. Under these bandages are two small steri-strip Band-Aids over your incision. There will usually be 5-6 small port site incisions the size of a fingernail located on your abdomen on the side of the affected kidney.

You will follow up for a wound check about 2 weeks after the surgery and at that time your surgical pathology should be available. The surgical pathology will determine if the tumor removed is cancerous and if it is the extent of how aggressive and advanced it is. If the tumor is cancerous, you will need to continue monitoring with x-rays and lab studies to determine the ongoing status and next steps.