Robotic radical nephrectomy is now an established procedure with evolving indications. While early controversy regarding whether or not robotics is appropriate for nephrectomy may have obstructed its adoption, the procedure is gaining traction particularly for complex tumors and challenging patient anatomy (Weinberg et al., Urol Pract 3:187–193, 2016). Some advocates of laparoscopic surgery for straight forward nephrectomies and open surgery for very complex nephrectomies still challenge whether robotic radical nephrectomy is a reasonable procedure to perform either selectively or routinely.
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