A nephrectomy, or kidney removal surgery, is one of the most effective options for patients whose cancer is confined to their kidneys. This surgical procedure is done while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia and involves either one large or four small incisions in the abdomen and flank area.
There are four main types of nephrectomies:
- Open Radical Nephrectomy – Radical nephrectomy is an open surgery which requires a large cut in the abdomen. This procedure is most often chosen when the patient has a large renal mass or advanced disease that is concentrated in the kidney.
- Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy – In a laparoscopic nephrectomy, the surgeon is able to remove the kidney through three or four small incisions. This procedure is less invasive and typically results in less pain and a quicker return to normal activities after surgery.
- Partial Nephrectomy – The partial removal of the kidney can be an extremely effective procedure for patients with small amounts of cancerous tissue, bilateral tumors, only one kidney or preexisting kidney problems.
- Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy – For select patients, the minimally invasive laparoscopic partial nephrectomy can be the best choice as it requires only tiny incisions, allowing the patient to recover more quickly and with typically less pain.
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