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Robotic pyeloplasty is also done with minimally invasive technology. This operation surgically reconstructs the ureter at the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ), allowing the affected kidney to drain properly. Patients enjoy a faster, less painful recovery contrasted to traditional open pyeloplasty.

Kidney cancer is also managed in less invasive ways at Danbury Hospital. Contrasted to the traditional open nephrectomy, the laparoscopic nephrectomy (radical or partial) allows the surgeon to remove the kidney lesion through smaller and less painful abdominal incisions. Pain and blood loss are minimal under the laparoscopic approach, and hospitalization is reduced to a day or two.

Percutaneous cryoablation is an alternative minimally invasive approach to dealing with kidney lesions, particularly those that are small and exophytic. Cryoablation combines the surgeon and interventional radiologist’s expertise with CT scan guidance to deploy thin cryoprobe needles capable of freezing diseased kidney tissue. The freezing kills the malignant cells and their blood supply, securing a safe perimeter around each site. Cryoablation incurs no surgical incisions and negligible blood loss, taking less than two hours.