Mr Thyer offers specialist management of prostate cancer.
Mr Thyer has a special interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer but also performs surgery for many other urological conditions.
The kidney is a paired organ in the upper abdomen that filters the blood of waste then excretes this filtered waste in the form of urine. The urine is transported from the kidney via the ureter to the bladder in the pelvis where it is stored.
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy is the term used to describe keyhole removal of the entire kidney.
Mr Thyer may recommend laparoscopic nephrectomy for:
Ten days prior to the procedure you should:
On arrival at hospital you will be prepared for theatre by nursing staff. Mr Thyer will see you just prior to being taken into the operating theatre. You will require a general anaesthetic of approximately 2 hours. Mr Thyer will make a series of 3-4 small incisions in the abdomen to allow the passage of the laparoscopic instruments. The kidney will be dissected free from its surrounding structures and the blood vessels and ureter clipped and divided. The kidney will be removed via a small incision in the lower abdomen and sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination (you may incur a pathologist fee). After the operation a drain may be left in the abdomen and a catheter in the bladder. Most people are in hospital 1-2 nights then discharged home after Mr Thyer’s review.
Nephrectomy: open surgical incision vs laparoscopic incision
Mr Thyer’s rooms will contact you to arrange follow up to check your progress, wounds and pathology 2-3 weeks following the operation. You should take laxatives, wear compression stockings, drink plenty of water and avoid heavy lifting for 3 weeks following the procedure. You should not drive a motor vehicle until seen by Mr Thyer at the follow up appointment.
Following the procedure, you should contact Mr Thyer if you: