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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a nephrectomy?

A nephrectomy is surgery to remove part or all of your kidney.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

You may have a radical (total) or partial nephrectomy.

What should I expect after surgery?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you will be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.

What are the risks of a nephrectomy?

You may get an infection or bleed more than expected. You may have trouble breathing during surgery. Nerves, blood vessels, muscles, or organs may be damaged. If only part of your kidney is removed, the kidney that remains may not function as well as it should.

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