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Kidney Removal

Alternate Names : Nephrectomy

Kidney Removal | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

A person having a kidney removal usually needs a 5 to 7 day hospital stay. The recovery time depends partly on the person's age, the type of surgery done, other health problems, and any complications. A person who has had a laparoscopy often recovers faster than someone who has had a laparotomy. Pain medications are often needed for a few days at home. The person is allowed to slowly increase his or her activity level and diet.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Surgery poses a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.

If both kidneys are removed or the remaining kidney does not function well, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed. Dialysis is a procedure to filter the blood. It is often needed three times a week for life or until a kidney transplant can be obtained.

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Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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