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Nephrectomy procedure is a partial or total kidney removal surgery. Nephrectomy surgery is usually performed in order to fight the kidney cancer but may also be a step in kidney donation. Kidney removal surgery, similarly to other surgeries, has undergone a lot of changes in recent years. Apart from classical, abdominal nephrectomy, patients may also undergo laparoscopic nephrectomy.

Nephrectomy Candidates

Candidates for nephrectomy surgery are usually people who want to donate a kidney or those who suffer from kidney cancer, especially in early stages, when kidney cancer didn’t manage to spread to other organs.

Am I Suitable for Nephrectomy?

Patients with late stages of kidney cancer may not be suitable for nephrectomy surgery. Instead, a radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment may be a viable solution for them.

Preparing for Nephrectomy

Patients who will undergo a kidney removal surgery need to inform their doctors about all medical conditions they suffer from as well as all medicines taken for those medical issues. In this way, doctors can prepare the nephrectomy surgery in the best way possible and inform the patient which medicines should be put aside before kidney removal surgery.

How is Nephrectomy Performed?

Nephrectomy surgery may take various forms, depending on the reason behind the kidney removal surgery as well as the type and location of the disease such as kidney cancer. When it comes to technique, there are two types of nephrectomy procedure:
• Laparoscopic nephrectomy – laparoscopic nephrectomy is the best solution in many cases of kidney removal surgery. Thanks to the laparoscope, doctors may perform three or more small cuts in one’s abdomen instead of one big incision. As a result, the nephrectomy recovery time is shorter and there is less pain involved.
• Abdominal nephrectomy – classical kidney removal surgery involving one big cut in one’s abdomen.
Additionally, there are two types of nephrectomy procedure with regard to the scope of the kidney removal surgery:
• Total nephrectomy (or radical nephrectomy) – in this type of nephrectomy surgery, doctors remove all of one’s kidney. When it is performed as a kidney cancer treatment, it may involve surrounding tissues as well.
• Partial nephrectomy – in this type of nephrectomy procedure, doctors remove only affected part of one’s kidney.

Nephrectomy Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Number of Trips Abroad

1

Nephrectomy Recovery

Nephrectomy recovery time depends on the type of nephrectomy surgery (whether it is a laparoscopic or abdominal nephrectomy procedure). Nephrectomy post-op care includes a temporary presence of a caterer and fighting with pain with the use of painkillers.

Nephrectomy Risks and Complications

Nephrectomy surgery is thought to be a quite safe one but still there exists a risk of possible nephrectomy complications. These may include infection, damage to one’s kidneys (including a kidney failure), excessive bleeding and others. However, those nephrectomy complications occur rarely in patients after kidney removal surgery.

Nephrectomy Side Effects

Despite widely spread beliefs, people are able to live a normal life after nephrectomy surgery, be it for kidney donation or against kidney cancer. There are no innate side effects of nephrectomy procedure.

Nephrectomy Success Rates

The success rate of nephrectomy surgery depends mostly on medical reasons for kidney removal. If nephrectomy procedure is performed in order to make a kidney donation, the success rates are really high. In the similar situation are patients with early stages of kidney cancer, whose large majority (70-80%) lives more than 5 years after kidney removal surgery.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Erdem Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Raffles Hospital Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

New Delhi, India
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Nephrectomy Cost

Average Nephrectomy costs are € 5,347, based on Nephrectomy prices from 11 clinics. Cheapest Nephrectomy cost is € 3,995 where Nephrectomy prices can go up to € 6,700.

Nephrectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Nephrectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Nephrectomy costs as low as € 3,995.

Please note that the Nephrectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Nephrectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Nephrectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Nephrectomy quote, please click HERE.

Nephrectomy FAQ

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What Is Nephrectomy?

Nephrectomy procedure is a kidney removal surgery. Nephrectomy surgery may be performed in order to make a kidney donation as well as to fight with kidney cancer.

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What Is the Difference between Radical Nephrectomy and Partial Nephrectomy?

Radical nephrectomy means total kidney removal while in partial nephrectomy patients retain a part of the operated kidney.

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Are There Any Possible Nephrectomy Complications?

Yes, but it is important to remember that nephrectomy surgery is a really safe one. However, still, some nephrectomy complications are possible, including infections, damage to kidneys and internal bleeding.