Reasons for Procedure
- Birth defects
- Injuries to the kidney
- Kidney cancer
- Kidney donation for a transplant
- Blood clots
- Damage to nearby organs
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- Leakage of urine from the remaining kidney tissue, if only part of the kidney is removed
- High blood pressure
- Chronic kidney disease
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of Procedure
|Kidneys, Ureters, and Renal Blood Vessels|
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How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Difficulty urinating
- Sudden weakness
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
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- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/23/2014 -
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