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Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a kidney. It is generally indicated if your child’s kidney fails to function normally due to severe infection or abnormality. The removal of a non-functioning kidney can help prevent the spread of infection to the other kidney.

Nephrectomy is performed under general anesthesia and may take about 2 hours to complete. The procedure can be either performed laparoscopically through 3 to 4 small incisions or the traditional open method where a large incision is made on the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses a laparoscope, a narrow lighted tube with a camera attached to it, to help the surgeon clearly view the surgical region. The open surgical method is indicated when the kidney is large and severely damaged.

Once the kidney is located, the blood supply to the affected kidney is discontinued and the kidney is gently removed. The incision is closed with dissolvable stitches. Your child may have to stay in hospital for 2 days after the surgery. It is considered safe for your child to live with one kidney.

Like most surgeries, nephrectomy may be associated with certain risks which include bleeding, wound infection and scar formation.

NMC UroCare provides specialized and experienced urologists and the best quality treatments. For further information regarding Nephrectomy please contact NMC UroCare.