Some people who require nephrectomy are suitable for laparoscopic surgery (also called minimally invasive Surgery) to remove the kidney. Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a laparoscope (wand like camera) that is passed through a series a small incision or “ports” in the abdominal wall. It is used to view the abdominal cavity and remove the kidney through a small incision. The procedure is done under general anaesthesia(you are asleep and don’t feel any pain).You will require a bladder catheter that is placed once you are asleep and is remove several hour after surgery.
Laparoscopic achieves the same thing as traditional surgical techniques and can be used for both radical and partial surgery. It is also the preferred method for kidney transplant donor Nephrectomy.
The advantage of laparoscopic surgery include…
-Shorter recovery time
-Shorter Hospital Stay -smaller incisions
-Fewer post-operative complications. Laparoscopic Nephrectomy takes special skills to perform and not available at all Hospital. Whether you can have laparoscopic surgery, depend on your medical condition and overall health.
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