Treatment for kidney disease in South Denver

According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans—one in nine adults— have kidney disease. Kidneys can become damaged after an acute infection, a traumatic injury or from an accumulating effect of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Most types of kidney disease are irreversible, but lowering the burden on the kidneys will slow further deterioration. Lifestyle changes and regular medical care are important steps. Keeping yourself in the best overall health will also help keep your kidneys health and functioning properly.

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Advancements in kidney surgery

Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure in which all (radical nephrectomy) or part (partial nephrectomy) of the kidney is removed. Most patients undergo a nephrectomy to treat kidney cancer or kidney failure, but kidney removal may also be necessary to treat a birth defect, injury or infection.

During a partial nephrectomy, only tumors and cancerous tissues are removed from a kidney, rather than the entire organ, preserving function and sparing tissue, something detection and surgical advancements have allowed only in recent years.

Kidney surgery using leading-edge technology

The kidney specialists at Sky Ridge Medical Center use two types of advanced technology while performing kidney surgery:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Firefly™ fluorescence injectable dye

During robotic surgery, your surgeon controls the robotic system throughout the procedure, but the robotic technology allows for more precise, delicate movements than the human hand could do on its own. Sky Ridge's Dr. Ali Sarram was the first surgeon to use robotic surgery during partial nephrectomy for HealthONE in 2005.

Firefly™ fluorescence technology uses an injectable dye during robotic kidney surgery. The dye "lights up" when using a special camera, allowing the surgeon to better see which tissue is diseases or cancerous versus healthy as well as all the blood flow to any tumors.

These two technologies provide several benefits to our patients compared to traditional open or laparascopic surgery, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Less damage to healthy tissue
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to regular activity

Not all patients are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery. To find out if you may be a candidate, talk to one of our nephrologists.

With a focus on patient care and a commitment to staying on the forefront of technology, our experienced surgeons help return diseased and damaged kidneys to a better state, leading to better outcomes—and health—for our patients.