Partial Nephrectomy

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Partial Nephrectomy

Partial Nephrectomy, also known as nephron-sparing surgery or kidney-sparing surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to remove only the cancerous portion of the kidney while preserving the remaining healthy kidney tissue. It is a treatment option for kidney cancer, particularly in cases where the cancer is small and localized to a specific area of the kidney.

When and why do people go for Partial Nephrectomy?

People undergo partial nephrectomy when they are diagnosed with kidney cancer, and the cancer is confined to a specific region of the kidney. Partial nephrectomy is chosen to preserve as much of the healthy kidney tissue as possible while effectively removing the cancerous cells. It may be recommended for patients who wish to minimize the risk of long-term kidney dysfunction or the need for dialysis after surgery, particularly if they have only one kidney or pre-existing kidney conditions.

What makes Partial Nephrectomy different from other treatment options?

Partial nephrectomy differs from other treatment options for kidney cancer, such as radical nephrectomy (removal of the entire kidney), ablation therapy, and targeted therapy, in that it selectively targets and removes only the cancerous portion of the kidney while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. While other treatments may be used to remove the entire kidney or target specific areas of cancerous tissue, partial nephrectomy focuses on preserving kidney function and reducing the risk of long-term complications associated with kidney removal.

How does life change after Partial Nephrectomy?

Life after partial nephrectomy can vary depending on the extent of surgery, the stage of the cancer, and the individual's overall health and well-being. While some patients may experience temporary side effects such as pain, fatigue, or changes in urinary function following surgery, many find relief from the removal of cancerous tissue and a reduced risk of cancer recurrence. With proper rehabilitation, support, and follow-up care, many patients are able to manage these side effects and lead fulfilling lives after partial nephrectomy. Regular follow-up appointments, monitoring, and ongoing care are essential for managing potential complications, monitoring for recurrence, and supporting long-term recovery after partial nephrectomy.

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