Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy (RAPN)
This is the original model that the lab created. The procedure is for the event of a renal tumor to provide a technique to remove the mass while sparing as much of the kidney as possible. Consequently, this procedure is very delicate and requires an experienced surgeon. The surgeon must remove the tumor while avoiding positive margins (any tumor left on the kidney) while the renal artery is clamped. The surgeon must try to leave the artery clamped for as little time as possible to avoid prolonged ischemia and damage to the remaining kidney. Generally, the surgeon tries to limit ischemia time to under 30 minutes. Our models can either be generic for surgeons to practice the full procedure or can be patient-specific, from patient CT scans, allowing the surgeon to rehearse a patient’s actual case prior to their surgery.
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