Nephrectomy

A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure where the entire or a part kidney is removed.

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Hospitalization

Yes

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Length of stay

1 to 2 Days

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Anesthesia

General

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Length of procedure

2 to 4 Hours

What is a nephrectomy surgery?

Our kidneys filter wastes and excess fluid and electrolytes from the blood, produce urine, Maintain proper levels of minerals in bloodstream and Produce hormones that help regulate the blood pressure. Kidney cancer is a medical condition in which kidney cells become malignant and grow out of control. One of the most responsive treatments for malignant kidney tumors is nephrectomy.Most often a nephrectomy is performed to treat kidney cancer or to remove a noncancerous (benign) tumor. In some cases, a nephrectomy is performed to deal with a diseased or seriously damaged kidney. In the case of a donor nephrectomy, the urologic surgeon removes a healthy kidney from a donor for transplant into a person who needs a functioning kidney.

• Individualswho are donors • Individuals who have malignant kidney tumor • Patients who have seriously damaged kidney

Patients should stop taking certain medications such as Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements prior to the surgery. Blood tests of liver and kidney function and urine tests are taken. Chest X-ray and EKG are performed. Patients will likely be instructed not to eat anything after midnight the day of surgery

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Discomfort
moderate(usually controlled with prescriptions)
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Duration of results
Permanent
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Potential risks
Bleeding, Minor pain, Infection
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Scars
Probable scars

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