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Doctor insights on: Surgical Nephrectomy Landmarks

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Dr. Richard Link
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Nephrectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of kidney for ...Read more


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How dangerous is a laparoscopic nephrectomy surgery ?

Depends: As long as your operation is done by an expert, it should be safe. Ask your sugeon how many he/she has done and about past results. It can be a very safe operation in the right hands. ...Read more

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Foot drop after radical nephrectomy surgery?

Foot drop after radical nephrectomy surgery?

Peroneal nerve: Isolated foot drop after surgery is likely due to pressure on the lateral aspect of the leg just below the knee during surgery. As seen in the picture, the peroneal nerve is at risk of pressure injury where it crosses the fibula. This kind of "palsy" due to pressure may recover spontaneously over weeks to months. If not, orthotics or surgery to graft a nerve along the injured area may help. ...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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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