Partial and Radical Nephrectomy

A nephrectomy is performed when the removal of the entire kidney is necessary. The decision on whether to undergo a partial or radical nephrectomy is dependent on the specific health condition of each individual patient.

What Is Renal Cell Carcinoma?

Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. This particular kidney cancer begins in the lining of the proximal convoluted tubule, which effects the transportation of waste from the blood to the urine. Renal cell carcinoma is almost always treated through either a partial or radical nephrectomy.

Symptoms of Renal Cell Carcinoma

Symptoms of renal cell carcinoma include lower back pain; a lump extending outward on either your back, rib cage, or side; fatigue; fever; noticeable weight loss without dieting; blood in the urine; loss of appetite, night sweats, or an abnormally low red cell blood count. If you show these symptoms and want to get tested, please seek medical attention from our doctors immediately. 

 Partial Nephrectomy in NJ

A partial nephrectomy is performed for less severe renal tumors. This procedure is typically performed when the cancer is still at a low stage and has not showed any indications of worsening. The goal is to leave as much of the kidney in tact as possible. A partial nephrectomy is recommended for less severe cases due to the complications that may occur from removing your entire kidney. A partial nephrectomy still has the same chance of curing your renal cell cancer as a radical nephrectomy.

 Radical Nephrectomy in NJ

A radical, or complete, nephrectomy is performed when it is necessary to completely remove a patient’s entire kidney, ureter, adrenal gland, and surrounding fatty tissue.

 Both partial and radical nephrectomies have the options of open, laparoscopic, or robotic surgery methods. When choosing which procedure type is best for you, it is important to consider all factors. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery include a shorter hospital time and recovery time as the incisions made are much smaller compared to an open nephrectomy.

 After Surgery

Recovery involves mostly monitoring our patient’s blood pressure and fluids after surgery. Our doctors will ensure everything is functioning properly before releasing you from the hospital. It is common for patients to have to use a urinary catheter after surgery in order to help them urinate. Patients may experience slight discomfort after surgery, but pain relievers are used to subside the discomfort. The duration of your hospital stay depends on each individual patient and surgery chosen. You are more likely to make a complete recovery from renal cell carcinoma if the proper care and follow up precautions are given.

 Contact your doctor today at Somerset Urological Associates to make a difference in your life.