Who qualifies for nephrectomy?

Each surgical procedure is based on some eligibility criteria. Consult your doctor, to find out more about those that apply to nephrectomy.

Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure, performed on patients who suffer from kidney cancer or other severe kidney diseases or have a damaged kidney due to traumatic injury. Nephrectomy is also performed to remove a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor for transplantation.

Types of Nephrectomy for Diseased Kidneys

  • Partial nephrectomy -  only the diseased or injured part is removed.
  • Radical nephrectomy - the entire kidney, the ureter, the adrenal gland, and the fatty tissue surrounding the kidney is removed.

Nephrectomy - partial or radical - can be an option for patients who suffer from:

  • kidney cancer
  • symptomatic hydronephrosis
  • chronic infection
  • polycystic kidney disease
  • shrunken kidney
  • renal calculus
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