Alternate Names : Nephrectomy
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
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.