Alex’s Story – Pediatric Partial Nephrectomy Surgery

Robotic Kidney Surgery at UCLA

Alex's Story: Pediatric, Partial Nephrectomy Restores 5-Year-Old to Normal Activities

Alex made history as the first pediatric patient to undergo a robotic partial nephrectomy at UCLA

Alex, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy Patient

“The first thing we thought was, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope this is not the C-word,’” says Angela Lomeli about her son, Alex, age 5. “That was the scary part.” It was a parent’s worst fear when Angela and her family learned about a suspicious growth discovered on Alex’s left kidney.

At the time, Alex’s parents were told he would have to go through major surgery to remove and analyze the cyst. But his mom, Angela, wanted more options for Alex, and sought other opinions.

“We wanted a small, minimally invasive procedure,” she explains. “And we were searching and we found and came across UCLA.” They came to the UCLA Department of Urology where Alex underwent careful examination and imaging.

Dr. Jennifer Singer, Pediatric Urology, Transplant Surgery, UCLA Urology

Because of the size and the location of the cyst, UCLA urologists recommended something different for Alex.

They offered to remove and biopsy the cyst without major surgery – using a new robotic procedure.

So new was it, in fact, that Alex made history as the first pediatric patient to undergo a robotic partial nephrectomy at UCLA.


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