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Can you list the key lab results I should be monitoring in a f 70y/o, 2nd day post op pt after a partial nephrectomy w/ renal cell ca. ?

Can you list the key lab results I should be monitoring in a f 70y/o, 2nd day post op pt after a partial nephrectomy w/ renal cell ca.
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Bun, creat, cbc: Monitor renal function ( bun, creatinine, potassium or bmp 7) and CBC to make sure he is not bleeding post op assuming that there are no other abnormalities due to other conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Link
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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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Severe but discontinuous pain in right kidney (had left nephrectomy 3 mnt ago)& back of the place of operation.Taking 2 cetamol500mg.Reason & cure plz?

Severe but discontinuous pain in right kidney (had left nephrectomy 3 mnt ago)& back of the place of operation.Taking 2 cetamol500mg.Reason & cure plz?

May be... and...: Do you mean severe sharp but intermittent pain? The expected post-operative pain in the incision will usually &gradually fades within 2-4 weeks although that in few may last and linger to a highly variable duration. But if the pain after incisional pain described is intermittent, sharp, unpredictable, or physically related, one needs to think about possible nerve entrapment-related pain. Ask doc. ...Read more

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Left kidney nephrectomy. After 3 months, pain in the place of operation at night and sudden jerk in left leg ( like current shock).Is it normal?

Left kidney nephrectomy. After 3 months, pain in the place of operation at night and sudden jerk in left leg ( like current shock).Is it normal?

Probably: Likely just normal "healing." what incision did you have? A flank incision may have transected a nerve that is now regenerating. You may want to consider a follow up ct kub to assess for a fluid collection/lymphocele. ...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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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 can one expect from a laparoscopic nephrectomy?

Small scar: Laparoscopic nephrectomy will result in small scar, minimum pain, early discharge from the hospital, just as safe as open nephrectomy. ...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