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Nephrectomy

  • Donor nephrectomy

    Donor nephrectomy — Learn how donor nephrectomy is used in living kidney donation, including the benefits and risks of the procedure and what to expect.

  • Kidney donation: Are there long-term risks?

    Kidney donation can save a life, but some live donors might be at a slightly higher risk of developing kidney failure in the future.

  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)

    Complete (radical) nephrectomy is surgery to remove all of a kidney. Kidney-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy) removes part of a kidney.