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Is nephrectomy a very common procedure?

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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Dr. Richard Link
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Nephrectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of kidney for ...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

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Urine has become slightly cola colored 6 years after nephrectomy. Should I be concerned?

Urine has become slightly cola colored 6 years after nephrectomy. Should I be concerned?

DARK urine=blood: Cola colored urine is a sign of blood. This certainly needs to be checked out soon. Be prepared to give a 'clean catch urine' in the doctors office for analysis. You may need a cat (ct) scan for further evaluation of your urinary tract as well as follow up with your urologist. ...Read more

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If one has a pretty bad cold and has a nephrectomy coming up in a week, is it wise to go or no?

If one has a pretty bad cold and has a nephrectomy coming up in a week, is it wise to go or no?

An upper respiratory: Infection should be cleared up prior to elective and semi-elective surgery. Having a URI during anesthesia can lead to intra-op complications like bronchospasm and respiratory collapse and post-op complications like pneumonia and prolonged intubation. Consider a preop course of antibiotics if appropriate. ...Read more

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What type of surgeon does nephrectomy?

Urologist: In a large city or academic medical center, most nephrectomies are performed by urologists. Within urology, there are particular sub specialists who focus on kidney surgery including minimally invasive options. Transplant surgeons and vascular surgeons can also occasionally remove kidneys. In a more rural setting, a general surgeon may be the one performing this procedure in the absence of urology. ...Read more

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