Category Archives: Nephrectomy / One kidney

When performing a radical nephrectomy for stage IV UTUC with lymph node involvement, why would a surgeon ‘Z stich the gonadal vein? Would this typically lead to an inability to ejaculate? Would blocking ejaculation be the motive of this step, to prevent cancer cell migration to the female sex partner?

I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise. I have no experience with radical nephrectomy or the surgical stitches that you describe. Your question would have to be addressed to a urologist. I do not believe that cancer can … Continue reading

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I have Papillary renal cell carcinoma and CKD with only 1 kidney, 30% function, chock full of cysts and some tumors. I had my knees replaced and have knee braces with copper in them. Is the copper harmful to the kidney. I have not used them yet till I can confirm they are safe. Thank you.

I do not know of any information that would suggest that wearing copper on the skin would cause any damage to your remaining kidney. For additional information about living with one kidney, please visit our website at: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/onekidney

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I have only one kidney, which is functioning near normal. Is it OK to take Magnesium supplements?

Magnesium supplementation should be safe with normal kidney function, however, you still need to check with your physician about making sure that the supplementation does not interfere with other medication or supplements that you may be taking. For additional information … Continue reading

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Hello Doctor! A friend of mine was born with only one functioning kidney and had to undergo several medical tests and screening. He was born prematurely but I do not know what the doctors diagnosed him with. He took care not to drink any alcohol or take any other substances and when he was about 18, he went to the doctor’s for a screening and they told him that his other kidney had started working again. I’m not sure of the official diagnosis but why do you think this happened and do you think there is a possibility that his kidney might stop working again in the near future? Thank you!

I am unable to understand the events that you describe. I do not know of any way that a second kidney could suddenly start working if someone had only one kidney at birth. I suspect that an error in diagnosis … Continue reading

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HI, I donated a kidney to my sister 17 years ago. I just had my labs done and my creatinine was .88 and BUN was 23 and BUN/creatinine ratio was 26. Is it normal to have a somewhat higher BUN with one kidney? Is it anything to worry about? thank you.

The blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test is not a very good test for kidney function. I do not think this is a significant elevation in the BUN. The BUN can have many reasons to be elevated that do not involve … Continue reading

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I do not have natural right kidney and there is trouble in my left kidney. Sir, give me some health tips.

You should not smoke. You should eat a healthy low salt diet.  You should exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight. You should visit your physician at least once per year and have blood and urine testing for your … Continue reading

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What is the advice for one healthy kidney patient? In the case of one right side kidney being absent?

Many people lead a normal life with only a single kidney. It is important to protect your single kidney and not inure your only kidney. You should not smoke. You should avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, … Continue reading

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I have one kidney as the other was removed after I had renal cancer. My one kidney functions well but my question is can I have Lipo slimming treatment without harming my kidney?

I am not familiar with the use of “Lipo slimming treatment”. I do not know what that involves. Hence, I suggest that you visit with your physician about your plans.

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My sister is 26 year old & her left kidney is non functional & right one is OK. How long can she survive on one kidney? Will it effect her marital life during pregnancy or not? Is transplant of kidney good option for her or not? Please advice what shall we do?

Many people live a normal life with a single kidney. Your sister should have a normal life. There is no need for transplantation as long as one kidney is functioning. Your sister should have annual testing of her kidney function … Continue reading

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Dear Doctor, I have 3.5 year old son. During the stomach sonography, we found that he has only one kidney. It has also confirmed through DMSA test. His right kidney is normal in size and do not have any damage issue. It also working fine. his latest cretnine ratio is 0.3. Earlier it was 0.37 and 0.49 around 5 month back. Right now we are feeding him plenty of water and allowing him for Urine in every one hour. What kind of suggestion you want to provide us? Is there any serious issue with him?

There are many people who have only a single kidney. They lead normal lives and do not require any special treatment.  It is important to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Drinking water and staying hydrated will avoid stress to the single … Continue reading

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