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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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Dr. Richard Link
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Nephrectomy (Definition)

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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 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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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

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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.

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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Diagnosed with kidney cncr and had a partial nephrectomy 6 days ago sent home with jp drain and catheter if they find urine in my drain what's next?

Diagnosed with kidney cncr and had a partial nephrectomy 6 days ago sent home with jp drain and catheter if they find urine in my drain what's next?

Stent: Placing a double J stent which drains urine from the renal pelvis to the bladder. This is temporary until the leak heals.Please notify the urologist who operated on you that there is urine coming from the Jackson Pratt. Best wishes. ...Read more

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