Kidney Procedures

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Surgeons at New Hanover Regional Medical Center perform advanced surgical procedures to treat problems that interfere with proper functioning of your kidneys and urinary system. Some of these procedures can be done using robotic surgery, which is a minimally invasive technique that can mean a shorter recovery time.

Removal of Kidney

Removal of part or all of your kidney may be needed when it is the site of cancer, it blocks the ureters, or you have a damaged or otherwise diseased kidney. This procedure is called a nephrectomy. At NHRMC it can be done through an open procedure, laparoscopic procedures or robotic-assisted surgery.

Partial Nephrectomy

In a partial nephrectomy, the surgeon removes part of the kidney, leaving healthy tissue in place.

Radical Nephrectomy

A radical nephrectomy removes the entire kidney, some of the tissue around it and a portion of the tube between the kidney and bladder.

Cancers of the Upper Urinary Tract

A nephroureterectomy is done to treat cancer in the upper urinary tract. During the procedure, your surgeon removes your kidney and ureter, the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder.

Kidney Stones

When a kidney stone can’t pass on its own, your urologist may recommend a procedure to remove it.


A pyelolithotomy involves removing the kidney stone calcification through the renal pelvis.


A ureterolithotomy is performed when a kidney stone – a calcification – lodges in a patient's ureter. The blockage does not allow the stone to pass, and it must be removed surgically.


A pyeloplasty is done to repair kidneys and remove blockages that interfere with the urinary system. During the procedure, the surgeon attaches the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter, the narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.