Radical nephrectomy procedure is considered the primary mode of treatment for renal cancers. During the surgery, kidney, adrenal gland, and surrounding lymph nodes are also removed.
What are the indications for radical nephrectomy?
It is done in those patients for whom, the lesions/ diseased organ/ part can be removed surgically. These conditions include symptomatic chronic infection, obstruction, calculus disease or severe traumatic injury to the kidney. Nephrectomy may also be indicated as a part of the treatment at chennai urology clinic of renovascular hypertension in non- treatable renal artery disease or severe unilateral parenchymal damage from nephrocalcinosis, pyelonephritis, reflux or congenital dysplasia.
What is a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy?
The above-mentioned procedure when done laparoscopically benefits the patients much more as it is minimally invasive, and the recovery time is lesser, lesser post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities, a more favourable cosmetic result compared the traditional, wide incision open surgical methods.
How long is laparoscopic kidney removal surgery?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery typically takes around 3-4 hours.
How long does it take to recover from a radical nephrectomy?
The recovery time is different for open and laparoscopic surgery. For open surgery, the recovery period is around 4- 6 weeks. While the recovery period for laparoscopic surgery is lesser, around 2- 3 weeks.
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