Q | are there any complications or risks?
A | As with any major surgery, there are risks. Both laparoscopic and open nephrectomy can result in bleeding and infection. Patients may require blood transfusion if there is bleeding at the time of operation. Again, as with open surgery, injury to surrounding organs can occur on rare occasions. If problems are encountered during the operation, such as difficulty in dissecting the kidney free of the surrounding tissues etc., the safest option may be to convert to an open procedure. This means making a larger incision and continuing the operation as an open nephrectomy. This can occur in up to 20% of cases Correct patient selection is vital to minimise the above complications.
Mr Thilagarajah will discuss all these issues with you before booking your operation during your out patient appointment.