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Is a transplant nephrectomy defined as the removal of a kidney transplant?

Is a transplant nephrectomy defined as the removal of a kidney transplant?

Yes: This is usually done if there is a serious infection/abscess in the kidney or if has failed. Sometimes, the failed kidney can continue to promote an inflammatory reaction in the body leading to fevers, malaise, and possible anemia. ...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


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What kind of pain medication do you recieve after a kidney removal?

What kind of pain medication do you recieve after a kidney removal?

Here are some...: Generally speaking, NSAIDs is known to affect renal function, but dose-related; so, it is okay to use them but surely within or less than recommended dose. Besides, multiple factors may contribute to renal damage like hypertension, diabetes, certain antibiotics, etc. Hence, just let your doctor know you have only one kidney. Then you can work well with doc to heighten kidney protection. Best... ...Read more

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What can I expect after kidney removal surgery?

What can I expect after kidney removal surgery?

See below: After removal of one kidney, the other kidney manages to continue working at roughly half the total rate, and over time if it was healthy to begin with may take over extra 15-20% function. ...Read more

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What happens in right kidney removal I have a tumor on my kidney?

What happens in right kidney removal I have a tumor on my kidney?

Your surgeon can exp: Your treating surgeon will explain the procedure.
There are more than one ways to operate and remove a kidney. It can be an open surgery or more modern surgery done through laparascopic methods which is minimaly invasive surgery. Kidney can be removed completely or only partially if the tumor is small.
So all of these issues can be and should be explained by your doctor if you ask. ...Read more

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Husband's renogram report says relative uptake 39% and poor relative function with obstruction in right kidney. Does it mean kidney removal?

Husband's renogram report says relative uptake 39% and poor relative function with obstruction in right kidney. Does it mean kidney removal?

Yes or not...: Nuclear diuretic renal scan is used to roughly assess the percentage of total function contributed from each kidney so to decide if worthwhile to remove a severely damaged kidney or to decide and plan to remove a kidney with cancer which could not be managed with trans-ureteroscopic approach. If such a kidney is removed, possible dialysis may be required. So, ask surgeon for detailing...

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After how many days can a kidney removal patient have sex?

After how many days can a kidney removal patient have sex?

Urologist: That question should be answered only by the surgeon who performed the surgery especially if there was any issues during or after surgery. ...Read more

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Blood in urine after 3 weeks of my kidney removal?

Blood in urine after 3 weeks of my kidney removal?

Need more info: Not enough info for a clear answer. Was a catheter used post op? Do you have symptoms of infection. Was there cancer of the kidney? Ureter? Bladder? Was it a partial
kidney removal? You need to follow up with your urologist. ...Read more

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Anything to know post-radical nephrectomy? Is there anything life threatening? When should one wait on the kidney transplant list?

Anything to know post-radical nephrectomy? Is there anything life threatening? When should one wait on the kidney transplant list?

Depends: If your remaining kidney is normal your likelihood of needing dialysis or a transplant is very low. In fact if you are born with 1 kidney your risk is the same as people born with 2 kidneys. Follow up of kidney transplant donors demonstrates a very small increase in risk. I would recommend a low sodium diet, avoid tobacco, avoid obesity and maintain a normal bp. Have labs checked yearly. ...Read more

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What is normal for bun and creatinine post kidney removal? My grandfather's bun: 28 and creatinine: 2.05. He is 3 weeks post surgery.

What is normal for bun and creatinine post kidney removal? My grandfather's bun: 28 and creatinine: 2.05. He is 3 weeks post surgery.

No exact answer. But: This value ofcreatinine of 2 after removal of one kidney is not normal. It should be closer to 1.0 or so. However, if grandfather is in his seventies and about 160-170 pounds, his kidney function is near 50% or so. In his age group, his kidney function should be near 70% or so. He has probably an aging of his kidneys beyond his actual age. Need to ask his doc about reason. Hi blood pressure? ...Read more

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My father had a radical nephrectomy 3 years back. He lost one kidney. Recently tests shown his creatinine level 2.0. Not diabetic. How to lower down?

My father had a radical nephrectomy 3 years back. He lost one kidney. Recently tests shown his creatinine level 2.0. Not diabetic. How to lower down?

Follow-up: If dad is a well-muscled man (which raises creatinine well above "normal range" for today's couch potatoes) and we already know why he lost half his nephrons, this may not be an issue. I trust he is being followed up and that folks are watching for focal-segmental glomerulosclerosis / hyperfiltration lesion that's fairly common in kidneys that lose their partner. Don't try to treat a lab value. ...Read more

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Is it alright to drink small amounts (i.E. 2-3 glasses of wine) after kidney removal surgery?

Is it alright to drink small amounts (i.E. 2-3 glasses of wine) after kidney removal surgery?

Yes: But I would be cautious about drinking that much on a daily basis for other reasons, especially if you are a woman. Your liver takes a hit every time you drink, and also alcohol is a high calorie source with no nutritional value. I would drink no more than one glass of wine daily if you are a woman, two if you are a man, to get the cardiovascular benefit of red wine but avoid the risks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex with a stent inserted after surgery for kidney removal?

Is it safe to have sex with a stent inserted after surgery for kidney removal?

Yes: Ureteral stents frequently used in urology to relieve obstruction most often related to kidney stones and their treatment and less often for cancerous-related or other causes of ureteral blockage. Usually temporary, but occasionally long-term requiring periodic exchange. Often associated with "variable" degree of discomfort and urinary symptoms. No harm at all in having sex with stent in place. ...Read more

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Right radical nephrectomy in June 2013 and a partial nephrectomy July 14 this year. I have urgency, but little urine flow. UTI or kidney adjusting?

Right radical nephrectomy in June 2013 and a partial nephrectomy July 14 this year. I have urgency, but little urine flow. UTI or kidney adjusting?

Kidney adjusting: After nephrectomy it is essential the remaining kidney be able to filter the large amt. Of serum for remove of toxins and have the tubules reabsorb 90% of the filtered serum otherwise dehydration would occur. Following partial nephrectomy decreased renal tubules respondig to antidiuretic hormone are diminished and will have to adjust to the more tubular filtering and ADH (vasopressin) readsoption ...Read more

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Husband has mid ureteric stone and moderate hydronephrosis. Is it bad? Does that mean kidney removal? Left kidney functioning normal.

No need to remove: Kidney. The stone will either pass or it will not. This largely depends on size. In general, stones less than 5 mm in size should be given an opportunity to pass. Patients can be advised that stones less than 4 mm in size generally pass within one to two weeks. Larger stones may need help from a urologist. ...Read more

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Bleeding urine (micro) after 9 months ago kidney removal (cancer). 62 yrs male. Is that normal? PET scan normal waiting for cystoscopy, very worried..

Bleeding urine (micro) after 9 months ago kidney removal (cancer). 62 yrs male. Is that normal? PET scan normal waiting for cystoscopy, very worried..

Blood in urine: Microscopic blood in urine is common, could be bladder infection, enlarged prostate, but cystoscope will help rule out cancer, chance of cancer low so don't worry ...Read more

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My husband had kidney removal surgery with the laser on thursday he is now having very bad cramping in his pelvis area like a woman is that normal?

My husband had kidney removal surgery with the laser on thursday he is now having very bad cramping in his pelvis area like a woman is that normal?

Yes & No: It is VERY IMPORTANT to report this symptom to the surgeon NOW!! Could be normal after any kind of surgery like this but don't take any chances. There is a saying "that if anything can happen it will". ...Read more

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If sepsis is a bacteria in the bloodstream can it happen when you have a blood transfusion or kidney removal or how does sepsis get in the blood?

If sepsis is a bacteria in the bloodstream can it happen when you have a blood transfusion or kidney removal or how does sepsis get in the blood?

See below: Bacterial sepsis from transfusion is a recognized complication from transfusions and tends to occur from transfusion of platelets or less commonly from red cell transfusion. It is more likely to happen from platelets as they are stored at room temperature where the bacteria can multiply. It is a serious reaction but luckily is uncommon in most centers. It certainly does not imply negligence. ...Read more

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Renal Cell Carcinoma - had radical nephrectomy left kidney, cancer has spread to the lungs - surgery not an option. Life expectancy w/o treatment?

Renal Cell Carcinoma - had radical nephrectomy left kidney, cancer has spread to the lungs - surgery not an option. Life expectancy w/o treatment?

RCC: The American Cancer Society reports the following five-year survival rates:
•stage 1: 81 percent
•stage 2: 74 percent
•stage 3: 53 percent
•stage 4: 8 percent ...Read more

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