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What are some complications to look out for after a laparo radical nephrectomy? Risk factors?

What are some complications to look out for after a laparo radical nephrectomy? Risk factors?

Lap nephrectomy: Contrary to popular belief, laparoscopic organ removal has about the same complication risk as open surgery. Internal bleeding, infection, pneumonia, blood clots and incisional hernias can occur in both surgeries. Most young/healthy patients do well after either surgical approach. ...Read more

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Mom has pulmonary htn and mild mitral and tricuspid regurgitation. Do these play any role or complication in a radical laparo. Nephrectomy?

Severity? : Mild mr and tr would not increase her risk. Any significant elevation of pulmonary artery pressure would. It depends on severity. She obviously has had an echo. Check with her cardiologist to be sure she is medically as fit as she can be prior to major surgery. ...Read more

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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 nephrectomy a very common procedure?

Nephrectomy: It is done quiet often by urologists. They have many ways of doing it, including robotically, traditionally with an incision and even laprascopically (small incisions using a scope and other tools). ...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 risk for having a radical nephrectomy?

What are the risk for  having a radical nephrectomy?

MANY: The risk of any major surgery: bleeding , infection, scar, anesthesia risks, death. ...Read more

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What does it mean tohave an open radical nephrectomy?

Nephrectomy : " open" means a procedure performed through a relative large incision. Radical means they will remove not only the target organ ie kidney but also some surrounding tissue such as the fatty tissue surrounding the kidney along w lymph nodes. Radical surgery is recommended when there is a cancer concern. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nephrectomy?

Removal of kidney: Surgical removal of kidney for any number of causes. ...Read more