Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Specialist

McCormick | Finger Urology

Urologists located in Harlingen, TX

If you have a diseased kidney, a laparoscopic nephrectomy is one of the most effective ways to remove it, so it doesn’t harm your body further. At McCormick | Finger Urology in the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Erin McCormick and Dr. Michael Finger perform this advanced surgery to help improve your urologic health. To learn more about a laparoscopic nephrectomy, call the office in Harlingen, Texas or book an appointment online.

Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Q & A

What is a laparoscopic nephrectomy?

Minimally invasive, a laparoscopic nephrectomy uses small incisions to remove a cancerous, infected, or diseased kidney. You may need one or both kidneys removed, depending on your condition.

The following conditions might bring a recommendation for surgery:

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stones or obstruction
  • Renal vascular hypertension
  • Kidney dysplasia

If you have a tumor that’s around 15 centimeters in size, it can be removed with a laparoscopic nephrectomy without the downtime associated with traditional surgeries. If you have an unusually large renal tumor, conventional open surgery is still recommended.

What should I expect during the surgery?

You’re put under general anesthesia for a laparoscopic nephrectomy, and the surgery lasts up to four hours. Dr. Finger or Dr. McCormick makes three small incisions in your abdomen and inserts a camera and small instruments to remove the kidney.

The small instruments provide a greater range of motion than the surgeon’s hand would. The doctors close the incisions with stitches.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic nephrectomy?

In addition to correcting renal health problems, a laparoscopic nephrectomy is preferable to open surgery because:

  • Smaller incisions lead to faster healing
  • Less postoperative pain
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • An earlier return to work and daily activities
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss

You get the same positive health results from a laparoscopic nephrectomy as you do from open surgery.

What should I expect after a laparoscopic nephrectomy?

You should expect to spend one, or maybe two, nights in the hospital. The doctors at McCormick | Finger Urology treat you for postoperative pain using medications and other pain management techniques. Walking shortly after surgery is important to encourage circulation and prevent blood clots and pneumonia.

If you had just one kidney removed, you can maintain normal function. If both kidneys must be removed, Dr. Finger and Dr. McCormick will provide you with detailed postoperative care instructions, including dialysis and possible kidney transplant.  You may be placed on a special diet after the surgery to help with healing.

Learn more about a laparoscopic nephrectomy by calling the office of McCormick | Finger Urology or by booking an appointment online.