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What are the risks of having a surgery for metastatic renal cell carcinoma?

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Any operation can have risks. If you’re having a kidney removed, it’s possible that you’ll have problems such as:

Before your procedure, ask your surgeon about the chances you could have these problems.

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pneumonia
  • A reaction to the anesthesia drugs
  • Damage to organs and blood vessels
  • Your other kidney fails

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer," "Treatment Choices by Stage for Kidney Cancer."

Kidney Cancer Association: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Nephrectomy: What you can expect," "Nephrectomy: Results."

National Kidney Foundation: "Nephrectomy."

University of California, Los Angeles: "Radical Nephrectomy."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Stage IV Renal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer," "Treatment Choices by Stage for Kidney Cancer."

Kidney Cancer Association: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Nephrectomy: What you can expect," "Nephrectomy: Results."

National Kidney Foundation: "Nephrectomy."

University of California, Los Angeles: "Radical Nephrectomy."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Stage IV Renal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 11, 2017

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