Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy

What is a kidney?

The kidneys are bean shaped organs located in the upper back of the abdomen, each about the size of a fist. The kidneys are vital organs that filter water and other waste products from your blood. They regulate hormones and mineral levels in your bloodstream.

What is a laparoscopic nephrectomy

A  laparoscopic nephrectomy involves removing the entire kidney through keyhole incisions on the side of the abdomen between the ribs and the hip. A nephrectomy is usually performed for either kidney cancer or a non-functioning kidney.

In the case of kidney cancer, all the surrounding fat and sometimes the adrenal above is removed with the entire kidney.

Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy
The urinary system

Before the procedure

Operation Day

After Discharge

Wound Care

If you develop a fever, chills, uncontrollable shaking (rigors) or burning when passing urine, you may have an infection and should seek medical attention. Please attend Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Emergency if insured or your nearest emergency department if this occurs.  Our specialist urology nurses are usually available for phone advice during working hours.

Bowel Care

Activity Restrictions

It is expected that you will resume gentle activities around your home after you have been discharged from hospital. Gradually, increase the amount of walking you do each day, as tolerated. Do not walk to the point of exhaustion and avoid heavy lifting (<5kg). We recommend that you wear your anti-embolic stockings until you are as active as you were before surgery.

Follow-up Call

A nurse will provide a follow-up call to you after the operation. It is a good idea to write down anything you want to ask and have it ready. An appointment will be arranged for you to see your surgeon in the rooms approximately 4 weeks after the operation. Please ring our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy