What is Nephrectomy?

Category: Surgeries

Most popular types: Right partial nephrectomy Left partial nephrectomy

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Nephrectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of a kidney. Indications for this procedure may include renal cell carcinoma, a non-functioning kidney and a congenitally small kidney. When one is donating a kidney for a kidney transplant, a nephrectomy is also performed on the patient.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Renal cell cancer 37 14
Polycystic kidney disease 4 1
Retroperitoneal fibrosis 2 1
Back pain around kidneys 1 0
Bipolar I disorder 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nephrectomy

Side effect Patients
Pain 4
Abdominal adhesions 1
Back pain 1
Fatigue 1
Fever/chills 1
Flank hernia 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Nephrectomy

Dosage Patients
one time 1

Duration

Currently having Nephrectomy

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped having Nephrectomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Nephrectomy

Aug 1, 2011 (Started Mar 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for renal cell cancer)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time

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