What is a Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal)?

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What is Nephrectomy?

A nephrectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the kidney. Nephrectomy is commonly performed to treat kidney cancer or to remove a noncancerous (benign) tumor. In some cases a nephrectomy is performed to treat a diseased or severely damaged kidney.

What are the reasons for Nephrectomy?

There are several reasons why a nephrectomy may be necessary:

Cancer: Nephrectomy may be performed to remove a cancerous tumor from the kidney.

Kidney disease: In some cases, a nephrectomy may be necessary if the kidney has been damaged by disease, such as polycystic kidney disease or chronic kidney disease.

Trauma: In cases of severe injury to the kidney, a nephrectomy may be necessary if the kidney cannot be repaired.

Who needs Nephrectomy?

The following are some of the reasons why someone might need a nephrectomy:

Kidney cancer: Nephrectomy is often used to treat kidney cancer. If the cancer is small and hasn’t spread beyond the kidney, a partial nephrectomy (removal of only part of the kidney) may be performed. If the cancer is more extensive, a radical nephrectomy (removal of the entire kidney) may be required.

Chronic kidney disease: Nephrectomy may be considered as a treatment option for people with end-stage renal disease who are not candidates for a kidney transplant. In such cases, both kidneys may be removed and the peron will require lifelong dialysis.

Kidney donation: In some cases, a healthy person may choose to donate one of their kidneys to someone in need of a kidney transplant. In this case, a nephrectomy is performed on the donor.

Trauma: If a person experiences severe kidney damage due to a traumatic injury, a nephrectomy may be necessary.

Polycystic kidney disease: In rare cases, people with polycystic kidney disease may require a nephrectomy if the cysts become very large and interfere with kidney function.

Nephrectomy Methods

There are two types of nephrectomy procedures:

In a partial nephrectomy, the surgeon removes only the diseased part of the kidney. You can have an open partial nephrectomy or a laparoscopic/robotic partial nephrectomy.

In a total nephrectomy, the diseased kidney is completely removed along with the adrenal glands and surrounding tissue.

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Before Nephrectomy

Before this surgery, your doctor will explain how to prepare. Certain drugs, such as blood thinners, must be stopped for several days before surgery. Your doctor will also instruct you to fast (not eat) and stop drinking fluids the night before surgery.

Your doctor will draw blood a few days before surgery. This test determines your blood type if a transfusion is needed and also determines basic kidney function and blood counts.

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After Nephrectomy

Your medical team will monitor your blood pressure, and fluid levels. A urinary catheter (a hollow tube to drain urine) is usually needed for the first few days after surgery.
The incision may be painful at first. If needed, your healthcare team can help you manage your pain. Because the incision is near your diaphragm (the muscle under your lungs), taking a deep breath can be uncomfortable. However, diaphragmatic breathing exercises are important to prevent lung infection.

After returning home, you have to stay away from activities that increases your risks of kidney injury. For example, football or wrestling. Heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, you will need blood tests to monitor the function of your remaining kidneys. Your doctor will tell you how often these tests should be done.

What are the advantages of Nephrectomy?

For kidney cancer, nephrectomy can be a life-saving procedure. If you are undergoing a nephrectomy to remove a donor kidney, the donor kidney could save someone else’s life.

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Most people are born with two kidneys, but usually only one works. If you have both kidneys removed, you will need a kidney transplant or dialysis (treatment to take over the function of the kidneys) to keep you alive.

Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure performed by a urologic surgeon.

Before a nephrectomy, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions about what you can and cannot eat or drink. Typically, you will be instructed to fast for a certain period of time before the surgery. This means that you should not eat or drink anything, including water, for a specified amount of time, usually at least six to eight hours before the surgery.

Partial and total nephrectomy can be done by laparotomy (through an incision around the abdomen) or laparoscopy (through a smaller keyhole-sized incision) under general anesthesia.

Depending on the of nephrectomy you undergo you may experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery. However, your healthcare team will provide you with pain management options to help you manage any pain.

The length of time you need to stay in Turkey for nephrectomy will depend on the specific details of your procedure and your recovery. But in general, you may usually be in hospital for 2-7 days.

After a nephrectomy, it is important to take steps to maintain the health of your remaining kidney. Here are some tips:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Get regular check-ups

After a nephrectomy, which is the surgical removal of a kidney, there are several things that should be monitored to ensure a smooth recovery and avoid complications. Here are some of the things that you should keep an eye on:

  • Pain
  • Fluid balance
  • Temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Wound healing
  • Kidney function
  • Follow-up appointments

One of the best position after this surgery is resting straight on your back.

Generally, after a nephrectomy, patients can expect to spend a few days in the hospital to manage pain and monitor their recovery. Once discharged, most patients will need several weeks to recover fully. During the first few days after surgery, patients may experience pain, fatigue, and limited mobility.

  • Fish, meat and poultry
  • Crab
  • Sushi
  • Taking too much salt
  • Squid
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Mussels oysters and clams

After a nephrectomy (removal of a kidney), it is generally safe to travel, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, it is important to wait until your doctor has given you the all-clear to travel. The recovery period after a nephrectomy can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and your overall health, so it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.