Kidney Surgery Videos

Nephrectomy (nuh-FREK-tuh-me) is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a kidney:

  • Complete nephrectomy. During a complete (radical) nephrectomy, the surgeon removes the entire kidney.
  • Partial nephrectomy. In a partial nephrectomy, the surgeon removes diseased tissue from a kidney and leaves healthy tissue in place.

A nephrectomy may be performed to treat kidney cancer or to remove a seriously damaged or diseased kidney. In a donor nephrectomy, the surgeon removes a healthy kidney for transplant into a person who needs a functioning kidney.

The surgeon may perform the following nephrectomy procedures:

  • open nephrectomy: a single but large incision in the abdomen or side
  • laparoscopic nephrectomy: a series of small incisions in the abdomen
  • robot-assisted nephrectomy: minimally invasive procedure through tiny incisions

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