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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

What Can We Expect from Bilateral Nephrectomy for PKD

2013-04-17 10:16

Bilateral nephrectomy especially laparoscope is a most common surgery for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease. However, what can we expect from bilateral nephrectomy for PKD? What are the effects and side effects of this surgery? Few patients have a clear answer about this topic. Here, you can find the answer what you want to know.

Bilateral nephrectomy

Many people with PKD remain well and free of problems for many years after their condition is diagnosed, so no particular treatment is needed for a time. However, over time, more and more polycystic cysts develop in both kidneys. When some of them grow bigger than 4cm or some symptoms occur, some patients choose to accept a treatment which can help remove big kidney cysts. Bilateral nephrectomy is one of their choices.

What can we expect from Bilateral nephrectomy for PKD?

Here, we mainly introduce partial nephrectomy in which only the diseased portion of both kidneys rather than the entire kidney is removed. As for this surgery, we recommend laparoscope, because it has the following benefits:

● Shorter recovery time

● Shorter hospital stay

● Fewer post-operative complications

● Small incisions

With the help of surgery, the big kidney cysts can be removed quickly and patients’ symptoms can be also eased. However, laparoscopic surger takes special skills to perform and is not available at all hospital. In addition, it is more likely to cause some healthy problems during or after the surgery such as:

● Infection

● Bleeding

● Post-operative pneumonia

● Death

● Stimulate the growth of small kidney cysts, because removing the big kidney cysts is able to give more places for the small ones to grow.

● Prompt the loss of patients’ kidney function

Is there an alternative treatment for PKD?

From the above analysis, we can know surgery only can ease patients’ symptoms temporarily. If PKD patients want to live more healthy and stop the progression of their condition developing renal failure, they should accept the treatment that can shrink all of their kidney cysts. However, which treatment they can accept should depend on their condition. If you are suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease, you can leave a message so that we can help you find a suitable treatment.

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