Kidney removal

Nephrectomy; Simple nephrectomy; Radical nephrectomy; Open nephrectomy; Laparoscopic nephrectomy; Partial nephrectomy

Kidney removal, or nephrectomy, is surgery to remove all or part of a kidney. It may involve:

  • Part of one kidney removed (partial nephrectomy)
  • All of one kidney removed (simple nephrectomy)
  • Removal of one entire kidney, surrounding fat, and the adrenal gland (radical nephrectomy). In these cases, neighboring lymph nodes are sometimes removed.
Kidneys

The kidneys are located in the posterior abdomen and are responsible for filtering urine from the blood.

Kidney removal - series

The kidneys are paired organs that lie posterior to the abdomen, in the area of the lower back. The kidneys make urine, which is transported from the kidneys to the bladder by the ureters.

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Why the Procedure Is Performed

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