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When is surgery recommended to treat a kidney cyst?

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In some cases, a cyst will return and refill with fluid. Your doctor may recommend surgery that entails general anesthesia and a large incision. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a thin, lighted viewing tube called a laparoscope and other instruments to drain the fluid from the cyst and remove or burn its outer wall to keep it from reforming. You may need to stay in the hospital for one or two days following the surgery.

From: Kidney Cyst WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Simple Kidney Cysts."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Simple Kidney Cysts."

Spectrum Health: "Kidney Cancer."

Baysal, T. Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, 2009.

Eknoyan, G.   , Sept. 1, 2009.  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Terada, N. , June 2004. BJU International

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Simple Kidney Cysts."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Simple Kidney Cysts."

Spectrum Health: "Kidney Cancer."

Baysal, T. Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, 2009.

Eknoyan, G.   , Sept. 1, 2009.  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Terada, N. , June 2004. BJU International

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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