After about seven months of follow-up, all have survived and eight show no evidence of disease. One patient had a spinal tumor and has since undergone further surgery. Because the surgery involves removal of the thrombus as well as removal of the diseased kidney, the surgeon must remove the clot first to prevent it from breaking off and causing a potentially fatal embolism.
“All necessary surgical maneuvers could be performed completely robotically without open conversion or mortality,” Dr Gill commented. “Although our experience is yet initial, we believe that robotic IVC thrombus surgery has considerable potential for the future," he added in a paper published in the Journal of Urology.