Reasons for Procedure
- Birth defects
- Injuries to the kidney
- Kidney donation for a transplant
- Blood clots
- Damage to nearby organs
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- Leakage of urine from the remaining kidney tissue, if only part of the kidney is removed
- High blood pressure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Prior kidney surgery
- Poor nutrition
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
Description of Procedure
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- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which last for more than two days after you leave the hospital
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Sudden weakness
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www2.niddk.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -