An incision will be made in the abdomen. A rib may need to be removed to access the kidney. The tube from the kidney to the bladder is called the ureter. If the whole kidney is removed, the ureter and blood vessels will be cut first. If only part of the kidney is removed, the ureter and blood vessels will be kept. The incisions will be closed with stitches. A bandage will be placed over the site.
Small incisions are made in the abdomen. A tube will be passed through one of the incisions. It will push gas into the belly. This will make it easier for the doctor to view the area. A thin, lighted tube will be passed through an incision. It has a camera to help the doctor to see inside. Tools will be passed through the incisions. The same steps will be used to detach the kidney.The incisions will be closed with stitches. A bandage will be placed over the site.
Last reviewed February 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 1/14/2021
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