Kidney Cancer surgery in India at Mumbai and Delhi with modern healthcare services
Kidney cancer surgery in India at Mumbai and Delhi with modern healthcare services
Kidney cancer surgery in India at Mumbai and Delhi is very popular as facilities
provided by Indian hospitals are comparable with any other major hospital world-wide.
Indian surgeons are leaders in diagnosing and treating people with kidney cancer, and
bring comprehensive, compassionate care to each patient coming for kidney cancer
surgery in India supported by an array of state-of-the-art equipments to offer services
that are unique and far superior to anything presently available. Over the years Indian
hospitals at Mumbai and Delhi have been treating patients from various countries like
USA, UK, Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Malaysia, Oman etc with a commitment to provide
quality services, compassion and competence in order to meet all kinds of needs of
patients coming from all over the world.
Types of kidney cancer surgery
Curing cancer that has not spread
Stage 1 and 2 cancers are most likely to be curable with surgery. It is sometimes
possible to cure stage 3 cancers with surgery if the surgeon can get all the cancer out.
Either the whole kidney (radical nephrectomy) or just the affected part of the kidney
(partial nephrectomy) can be removed.
This is the most common type of surgery for kidney cancer that has not spread. The
surgeon will remove the whole kidney with the tissues around it, including the adrenal
gland. The adrenal gland is attached to the kidney. Some lymph nodes in the area will
also be removed. The surgery is fairly major but if your cancer has not spread, this is all
the treatment you will need.
This means removing the cancer and part of the kidney surrounding it. Some of the
kidney is left behind. You may hear your doctor call this 'nephron sparing surgery'. The
nephron is the filtering unit of the kidney, so this just means that you will have some
working kidney left after the operation.
Nephron sparing surgery only used to be done in special cases, for example if
• Your other kidney is damaged
• You only have one kidney
• You have cancer in both kidneys
Doctors prefer to call this ‘minimal access surgery’ or ‘laparoscopic surgery’. It means
having an operation without needing a major incision (wound site). The surgeon uses an
instrument that is a bit like a telescope. This is called a laparoscope. It has a camera so
the surgeon can see inside the body. The surgeon will usually make a number of small
cuts through your skin. They can put the laparoscope and other small instruments
through these to carry out the surgery. So you will end up with 3 or 4 small wounds,
each a centimeter or so long. The surgeon can manipulate the instruments and watch
what he or she is doing on the camera. It is possible for an experienced surgeon to
remove a whole kidney or part of a kidney using laparoscopic surgery. The advantages
of laparoscopic surgery over normal ‘open’ surgery are
• You are likely to be more comfortable and need less painkilling medication after
• You can usually go home from hospital more quickly
• You usually recover from the operation more quickly
There are drawbacks. The operation may take longer, so you may be under anaesthetic
for longer. In about 1 in 100 (1%) of these operations, the surgeon has to switch to
regular ‘open’ surgery during the procedure. This could be because the position or size
of the tumour makes it difficult to reach, or because there is difficulty controlling
Treatment after surgery
In most cases, the operation to remove your kidney will not affect your bladder. This
means you will not need a urostomy (a bag to collect your urine). But you might need a
drainage tube (urinary catheter) from your bladder for a few days after your operation.
If your surgeon is satisfied that all the cancer has been removed, you won't need any
further treatment. If the surgeon is concerned that some cancer cells may have been left
behind, you may need to have immunotherapy treatment. In some cases, you may be
offered a course of radiotherapy.
Even if your cancer is unlikely to be cured with surgery, it may still be worth you having
an operation to remove it. Your doctor may call this a palliative nephrectomy.
Sometimes the primary cancer causes troublesome symptoms that can be successfully
treated by removing the kidney. The kidney tumour may be causing you pain locally, or
causing blood in your urine. Or you may have general symptoms such as fevers or
weakness. The tumour can upset levels of chemicals in your blood, which can cause all
sorts of symptoms, including sickness or drowsiness. In kidney cancer, general
symptoms are sometimes caused by chemicals called cytokines that are released by
the tumour. Removing the tumour can get rid of these symptoms.
Removing cancer spread
This is very specialist surgery. It is becoming more common as it is possible to slow
down a cancer and so give a longer and better quality of life to those with advanced
cancer. In some cases, it may even be possible to cure a cancer by removing a single
area of cancer spread.
Kidney cancer surgery procedure
Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. Urologic surgeons at Indian
hospitals have extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures, such as
robot-assisted partial nephrectomy, which enables extremely precise incisions and rapid
suturing, decreases surgical scarring, and leads to faster postsurgical healing. Indian
surgeons also perform other minimally invasive, state-of-the-art techniques such as
radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. Minimally invasive options offer more
precisely-targeted procedures to limit tissue damage, speed recovery and ensure as
much continued normal kidney function as possible, with the least amount of discomfort
and risk of complications. Minimally invasive treatment options are different for each
patient depending on the extent of their disease.
Complications of kidney cancer surgery
The commonest complications of surgery are infections and blood clots. Infections can
develop in your lungs, or your wound site
The signs of a wound infection are
• Oozing from the wound
Blood clots can develop because you are not moving around as much as usual.
Super specialty Hospitals of Mumbai and Delhi are one of the most advanced surgical
centers for kidney cancer surgery in India.India, as a destination for medical tourism
is not new, for many tourists India offers much cheaper option for kidney cancer surgery
without compromising on quality. Medical tourism in India manages every detail to
ensure their experience is safe and comfortable, with the highest standards of both
medical and non-medical services. Medical tourism in India offers a premium service for
patients wishing to benefit from the high quality of Indian medical services and ensures
patient’s acceptance into the most appropriate Indian hospital for their medical