Surgeons at South Terrace Urology have South Australia’s largest experience in utilizing the daVinci robot to treat diseases of the kidney.

Robotic partial nephrectomy

Robotic partial nephrectomy allows precise kidney tumour removal while preserving healthy, normal kidney tissue.

Robotic pyeloplasty

Robotic pyeloplasty allows complex, precise reconstruction of the kidney and ureter and is recognized as the preferred surgical approach in patients with kidney blockage (PUJ obstruction)


  • For suitable patients, partial nephrectomy may avoid removal of the entire kidney (radical nephrectomy) and is associated with better preservation of kidney function
  • Access to the kidney is achieved via several small incisions rather than a large incision
  • Shorter duration of hospital stay
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower transfusion rates
  • Equivalent cancer outcomes when compared with open technique
  • Excellent functional outcomes

What to expect

  • When performed by an experienced surgeon in a high volume centre, robotic partial nephrectomy is associated with an excellent chance of cure
  • Most patients do not require additional chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Most patients will remain in hospital for 2-3 nights post operatively and will be fit to return to normal activities within 2 weeks