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Normal recovery time for partial open nephrectomy? Experiencing bulging and numness. Surgeon was able to save the nerve that is frequently severed.

Normal recovery time for partial open nephrectomy?  Experiencing bulging and numness. Surgeon was able to save the nerve that is frequently severed.

6-9 mo: The nerve was manipulated even though it was saved. The muscle needs recovery also. Saving the nerve is encouraging for full recovery. These sxs are very common post-operatively. ...Read more

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I am 9 weeks post op for renal cell carcinoma (partial nephrectomy) and I have a jp pump and a nephrosty tube. For how long?

I am 9 weeks post op for renal cell carcinoma (partial nephrectomy) and I have a jp pump and a nephrosty tube. For how long?

Await healing leak: Having a nephrostomy tube and jp drain for 9 weeks after a partial nephrectomy would be very unusual. I assume that this was because of a urine leak after surgery? Urine leaks, while rare, can occur, particularly if the tumor was large or very central in the kidney. However, your course is unusual and i would recommend you ask your surgeon specifically what the long term plan for management is. ...Read more

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What exactly is a partial nephrectomy?

What exactly is a partial nephrectomy?

Kidney surgery : Partial nephrectomy refers to surgical removal of part of the kidney, usually because of a small tumor/abnormal growth of the kidney. A radical nephrectomy (total kidney removal) is done for larger tumors, or if the partial nephrectomy is not technically possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a partial nephrectomy?

Yes: In some cases a partial is recommended and in some cases it is not possible, even when that is the initial plan. Surgery does not always go as planned. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a partial nephrectomy?

What does it mean to have a partial nephrectomy?

Only part removed: A partial nephrectomy is when only part of one kidney is removed. A while ago it was standard to simply remove the entire kidney. Medical knowledge and surgical techniques now allow us to remove only the area of concern. This leaves you with more total kidney tissue and thereby more kidney function (cleaning capability) after the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a partial kidney nephrectomy?

What are the effects of a partial kidney nephrectomy?

Depends : A partial nephrectomy is becoming the new standard of care for tumors that can be manage this way. Patients on the long run do better and minimize their risk of developing kidney disease as they age. Partial nephrectomy is challenging & has the potential for more complications than a nephrectomy. Risks include bleeding, urine leaks, loss of function on that kidney, tumor recurrence to name few. ...Read more