Nephrectomy

What is a Nephrectomy?
A Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a kidney.

A nephrectomy may be performed to treat kidney cancer or to remove a seriously damaged or diseased kidney.

What is the Purpose of a Nephrectomy?
A surgeon performs a nephrectomy either to remove a diseased kidney or to harvest a healthy kidney intended for an organ transplant.

Reasons why a Nephrectomy is needed, include:

  • A damaged kidney
  • A kidney that is no longer functioning properly
  • Cancer in the kidney
  • Donating your kidney



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