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Kidney Cancer

Partial nephrectomy

 
If a kidney tumor is small or could be benign we might recommend surgery to remove the tumor and leave the good parts of the kidney.  This surgery can be done with a large incision ("open") or could be done with small keyhole incisions ("laparoscopic").  The hospital stay after surgery is normally 1 or 2 days after laparoscopic surgery and 2 or 3 days after open surgery.  Sometimes people only have one kidney and we need to try a partial nephrectomy so they won't need dialysis.  These surgeries can be extremely complicated.  Our expert and fellowship trained surgeons can help figure out the safest plan for your procedure. 
 

Radical nephrectomy

 

If a kidney tumor is large or in a bad place on the kidney we might recommend surgery to remove the whole kidney.  This surgery can be done with a large incision ("open") or could be done with small keyhole incisions ("laparoscopic").  The hospital stay after surgery is normally 1 or 2 days after laparoscopic surgery and 2 to 4 days after open surgery.  People usually cannot tell the difference after a kidney is removed and they have healed from surgery.  These surgeries can be extremely complicated.  Our expert and fellowship trained surgeons can help figure out the safest plan for your procedure.