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Nephrectomy Surgery in Tacoma, WA

A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure performed to partially or entirely remove the kidney. Northwest Medical Specialties has providers who have specialized in completing this type of surgery for many years, and has been able to help a number of patients improve their quality of life. If you are interested in discussing whether a nephrectomy may be applicable to you and your individual case of kidney disease, please call one of our five locations in the South Puget Sound area today to schedule a consultation.

Why a Nephrectomy Is Performed

This surgery is often performed for treatment of kidney cancer, removal of a tumor from the kidney, or some type of kidney disease that has resulted in permanent damage. It is of course also common for individuals without any sort of kidney condition to undergo a nephrectomy if they wish to donate their healthy kidney.

There are three distinctive types of nephrectomy that our providers are able to perform:

Partial Nephrectomy

As its name would suggest, this procedure is used to remove only a part of the patient’s kidney. If there is enough healthy tissue left to sustain regular kidney function then a partial nephrectomy is likely best suited for you.

Many medical professionals will also refer to this particular surgery as a kidney-sparing or nephron-sparing procedure.

Simple Nephrectomy

During a simple nephrectomy, your specialist will remove the entire kidney and nothing else.

Radical Nephrectomy

This specific type of nephrectomy is the most extensive, as it not only removes the kidney, but also many surrounding tissues and structures. It is common for surgeons to remove the kidney, ureter (the tube that takes filtered urine from the kidney to the bladder), adrenal gland, and nearby lymph nodes as well in order to ensure that the disease is completely excised from the area.

Benefits of the da Vinci Surgical System

Traditional approaches to this procedure are still suitable for accomplishing a successful nephrectomy, though there are many advantages to utilizing more modern technology. One of these primary benefits being that the surgery is minimally invasive, which leads to a much lower risk of potential complications, and a significant reduction in recovery time.

After the Procedure

Those who elect for a minimally invasive nephrectomy can typically expect to return to normal activities only a few weeks after their procedure. Discomfort usually subsides within the first 1 to 2 weeks, and long-term results can often be achieved after a period of 3 to 6 months. It is important to speak with your physician prior to introducing any potentially strenuous tasks to your routine, as these may be dangerous for those who have not healed fully.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control