Category Archives: Nephrectomy / One kidney

How much water should a 56 year old man drink per day after losing one kidney to cancer?

With a single kidney, you do not have to change your water intake. You should drink if you are thirsty and stay well hydrated. I suggest you monitor your urine color and drink enough fluid so that your urine stays … Continue reading

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I am a 28 year old healthy male with one exception, I only have one kidney. I had a kidney removed this past September of 2017 after running a couple of tests and figuring out that it had 0% functionality. When I was 10 years old I had severe pain on my right kidney, the one that was removed, and ended up having an operation to clear out a blockage at the base of the kidney. My left kidney is 100% functional and I’ve never had any issues with it. My question is, is there anything I need to do to my diet to maintain my healthy kidney as long as possible? Thank you.

No special diet is needed to maintain a single healthy kidney. Many people live long and healthy lives with a single kidney. In general, I am a strong advocate for the DASH diet. You can review the DASH diet at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan

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I was a donor in 2002 and now have 1 kidney and have to pee more frequently than before. Is this common?

Yes, removal of a kidney and lowering kidney function often result in an increased frequency of urination. This is a common symptom in patients with single kidney function.

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I had my right kidney removed approx 2 years ago due to cancer. It was contained and I have had no signs of re-occurrence. My question concerns cholesterol. Pre-surgery I had normal range cholesterol. Recently my cholesterol blood tests were very high, even though I have not changed my diet. Can having just one kidney affect cholesterol levels? My doctor started me on statin 6 months ago, and my total cholesterol is now 174 (down from 310). But I still have high triglycerides (183), and my LDL-P has more than doubled in 6 months to 3008. Is there a relationship between having one kidney and cholesterol? Thank you.

I am not aware of any reason that removing one kidney should cause any change in your cholesterol. You should continue to monitor both your kidney function and your cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause problems for your remaining kidney and … Continue reading

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Age 4 RT nephrectomy for blocked ureter caused kidney damage, no problems. Now age 61, coronary artery disease do 11/2018 many cardiac meds. 2017 GFR 70 pre cardiac meds. 10/2017 GFR 60, 11/2017 GFR 50, 2/2018 GFR 40, 3/2018, 50. Yesterday I asked my primary doctor if I should see nephrologist, he said no. I think I should investigate cause of decline with nephrologist. What do you think? His reasoning, they would just tell me to eat a low NA diet and keep BP down. What do you think?

There is a considerable variability to your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). This seems a bit unusual. You have a single kidney and one of your kidneys was removed as a child. Hence, your expected kidney function with a single … Continue reading

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I recently learned through a CT Scan and an MRI that I have no left kidney, the scans show no tube leading up either. However, there is “remnant fossa” on the left side. My gastro doctor did NOT inform me of this before or when I had my gallbladder out. I only learned through medical records. I made a huge fuss (all the meds I have been on some were dangerous to the kidney!) My gastro sent me to a nephrologist friend who tested me for some autoimmune diseases and couldn’t find anything in blood markers. I am still worried! The only advice he gave me was to go to my annual appointments and get blood tests, and not participate in dangerous sports, ride motorcycles, etc. He also told me to avoid NSAIDS. My blood levels are on the high side of normal. I have been having lots of side pain. But he says basically just live my life. I am on gabapentin for trigeminal neuralgia and I don’t trust this doctor’s advice. He didn’t even mention the gabapentin. Should I see a different nephrologist?

If no kidney tissue is present in the left kidney area, then you may have been born without a left kidney. There is no treatment for this. This is a finding that is often discovered incidentally while looking for something … Continue reading

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I lost one kidney to cancer. Caught hepatitis C and cured. Now broken neck, back, and hip. What can I do?

I am not able to comment on fractures.  I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician (PCP) about care of your fractures.  Since you have lost one kidney, you should know that many people live normal lives with … Continue reading

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I am reading the book: COPING WITH KIDNEY DISEASE, is it recommended reading? Are there other books out there worth reading? I just recently had a cancerous kidney removed, and at 82 years of age, I am new to kidney problems.

I have not read the book “Coping with Kidney Disease”. There are a number of good articles on our web site at http://www.kidney.org I would recommend that you explore our web site. We have a number of information articles about … Continue reading

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Hi. My 9 year old daughter had a kidney removed couple years ago. Has been fine since with no sign of ugh but recent blood results showed raised creatinine of 89. I’m still awaiting doctor getting back to me. Is this dangerously high?

I will assume that the creatinine value of 89 that you mention has units of micromole per liter (mcmol/L).  If this is the case, the normal for a 9 year old child is between 23 and 61 mcmol/L (this can … Continue reading

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I just found out my 14 year old daughter has to have a kidney removed. She has had a blockage since she was born and the specialists did not diagnose properly. Thus resulting in the recent discovery that it is not functioning and is making her sick, hence the removal. Is it possible for me, or her father, to give her one of our kidneys? Note: her other kidney is currently functioning. The specialists cannot pinpoint for how long her body has been operating with one functioning kidney.

Your daughter should be fine with a single kidney as long as it is functioning normally.  It is not necessary to perform a kidney transplant for someone who has a single normal functioning kidney.  There are many people who live … Continue reading

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