• I am having a kidney removed in September, can anyone share their experience with a nephrectomy?

    Asked by RachaelEJ on Sunday, July 8, 2012

    I am having a kidney removed in September, can anyone share their experience with a nephrectomy?

    I am curious also if this has resulted in remission for any patients?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • blondie's Avatar

      Talked to a friend who had a transplant (diabetes). The doctors cut off the blood flow to the poor kidney then added a third kidney to cut the risk of rejection.

      He suggested that you talk to the doctors about the procedure and outcomes. Ask if a dialysis is necessary. Ask if you will be fitted for a fistula.

      over 4 years ago
    • RachaelEJ's Avatar

      Thank you @blondie and @DaveWaz for your responses!

      over 4 years ago
    • hither77's Avatar

      I had a radical left nephrectomy in January after feeling a bulge in my abdomen. CT scan showed a softball size tumor in my left kidney that was pushing on my abdominal aorta, pancreas and spleen. I have 2 small incisions on the left side of my abdomen and then another incision that is vertical through the naval. That one is approximately 5-6 inches long due to the size of the tumor. I was in the hospital for about 48 hours and went back to work as a medical assistant after 4 weeks. I still have days that I feel really tired. Keep up on your hydration and don't try to do too much too soon. Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Don't know if you have had your kidney removed yet. Make sure you get a self administered pain PIC line. I really needed it when I had my napherctomy in 1995. Will they removing you kidney via lapascopics surgery, this was not an option 17 years ago. I was out of work for 6 weeks, and not fully recovered for almost 6 months. Also if you have traditional surgery, you may have problems with you waist line, I couldn't wear pants or skirts comfortable for almost a year.

      about 4 years ago
    • isnoop's Avatar

      i had my right kidney removed 4 years ago. the cancer went to both lungs. i took clinical treatments (high dose interleukin 2) and it saved my life

      about 4 years ago
    • dorissau's Avatar

      I had one kidney removed. Diagnosis was RCC. I had a quick recovery from the surgery with no complications. Took sutent for one month.. had a terrible reaction and consequently lost my sigmoid colon when it ruptured. Changed oncologists, changed to Nexavar which I took every day for 4 1/2 years. Now am completing my 3rd year cancer cell free. The original doctor told me I might survive 6 months!! That was EIGHT YEARS AGO !!! Have courage!!

      2 months ago

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