Minimally invasive robotic surgery restores life to normal
For 47-year-old Patrizia Sicuranza, the expectation she had just another kidney stone was quickly replaced by a diagnosis of a rare disease: transitional cell cancer in the renal pelvis.
Now she counts six small scars among her blessings. They are the fading marks of a minimally invasive robotic surgery called a radical nephroureterectomy last November to remove her right kidney, the renal pelvis and ureter. The largest souvenir is a 2-inch scar below her belly button.
“They are disappearing. And I feel good, just the same as ever,” the Napoli-born Sicuranza said after her work shift. She’s a server in her sister’s Italian restaurant in Lakewood.