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Kidney Surgery (Overview)

Kidney surgery can be performed through an open abdominal, flank or back incision, also percutaneous, laparoscopically, hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery or robot assisted surgery. Surgery can be reconstructive as repair for ureteropelvic junction obstruction + hydronephrosis, removal of part or entire kidney for kidney tumors or non-functioning or abcessed kidney, or percutaneous stone removal.


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What is the definition or description of: kidney surgery?

What is the definition or description of: kidney surgery?

Surgery on Kidney: Kidney surgery can be performed through an open abdominal, flank or back incision, also percutaneous, laparoscopically, hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery or robot assisted surgery. Surgery can be reconstructive as repair for ureteropelvic junction obstruction + hydronephrosis, removal of part or entire kidney for kidney tumors or non-functioning or abcessed kidney, or percutaneous stone removal. ...Read more

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Kidney Surgery (Overview)

Kidney surgery can be performed through an open abdominal, flank or back incision, also percutaneous, laparoscopically, hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery or robot assisted surgery. Surgery can be reconstructive as repair for ureteropelvic junction obstruction + hydronephrosis, removal of part or entire kidney for kidney tumors or non-functioning or abcessed kidney, or percutaneous stone removal.


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Just wondering how i can prepare for an open kidney surgery?

Just wondering how i can prepare for an open kidney surgery?

Be healthy: It is important to be as healthy as you can be before any major surgery. Usually the surgeon will do a number of imaging studies to get prepared and know your blood vessel anatomy. You will also need to be cleared regarding your lungs and heart to be sure it is safe to proceed. Keep a good attitude and stay upbeat. Avoid alcohol and other medications that cause bleeding or thin the blood. ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Is it normal to gain significant amount of weight after kidney surgery?

Is it normal to gain significant amount of weight after kidney surgery?

No: It is not common to gain weight after kidney surgery. The most common reason would be from all the IV fluid received during the procedure and while in the hospital. Without knowing more details about the surgery it is hard to give a more specific answer. ...Read more

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How long till I can shower after a perc kidney surgery? Average time till the weeping at surgical site should stop?

How long till I can shower after a perc kidney surgery? Average time till the weeping at surgical site should stop?

Answer Varies: If you are talking about placement of a percutaneous tube into your kidney, you can typically cover them and shower immediately. Some docs will allow you to shower right over exiting tubes and drains. If they are laparoscopic wounds, typically ok after a day or two. "weeping" seems like a lot of drainage. Should have settled in 2-3 days after surgery. You need to check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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What should I expect at my pre-op appt for kidney surgery?

What should I expect at my pre-op appt for kidney surgery?

Preop kidney surgery: Discussion regarding surgery (risks, benefits, alternatives), consent forms and other paperwork, preop labs and/or imaging if needed, history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Should I get kidney surgery if the endometriosis is covering my kidney?

Depends: If only to treat the endometriosis, would try medical management first. If the endometriosis is not symptomatic then i would not recommend surgery. If the surgery is for something related to the kidney, then the endometriosis should probably not be a block to operating on the kidney. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more