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Dr. Brian Kenneth Golden, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Brian Golden works as an urologist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Golden has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Golden welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Kiumars Reza Hekmat, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kiumars Hekmat's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Hekmat average 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Hekmat is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Hekmat honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Hekmat is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Prosthetics, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Benign ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Andrew Eandi, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Eandi is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Eandi is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Transplant Surgery
2221 Stockton Boulevard; Cypress Transplant Surgery, Suite B
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Junichiro Sageshima is a transplant surgery specialist in Sacramento, CA. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sageshima honors.

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What is Nephrectomy?

Kidneys are primarily known for producing urine, but they are also responsible for other important bodily functions, like waste removal. Kidneys filter impurities from the blood, and with the help of the adjacent adrenal glands, they maintain fluid and mineral balance in the body. If the tiny tubes that filter blood inside your kidney become lined with cancer cells, or if your kidney gets severely damaged, you may need kidney removal surgery, or a nephrectomy.

The size of the tumor or severity of the damage will determine the type of kidney removal surgery you need. If the tumor or damaged area is small, either partial or simple nephrectomy may be recommended. A partial nephrectomy removes only the tumor or damaged portion of the kidney, while a simple nephrectomy removes the entire kidney. If you have kidney cancer and it has spread to the adrenal gland, you may need a radical nephrectomy. This more extensive procedure completely removes the affected kidney and adrenal gland. When only one of your kidneys is damaged or has cancer, a nephrectomy may be the only treatment you need. However, if both kidneys are affected, you will need a kidney transplant after your nephrectomy.

Before the development of minimally invasive techniques, nephrectomies were always done via an open approach, which requires an incision up to 12 inches on the patient’s abdomen or side. Nowadays, kidney removal surgery is often done laparoscopically or with the help of robotics.

During a laparoscopic nephrectomy, the surgeon will make three or four incisions in the abdomen and side, each about an inch long. The incisions are used to insert probes and a camera to see inside your abdominal cavity. When the surgeon is ready to take the kidney out, she will make one of the incisions about three inches larger, cut the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder (called the ureter), put a bag around the kidney, and pull the organ out through the larger incision.

Sometimes, a robot with surgical instruments assists the surgeon in performing basically the same steps described above. However, unlike the laparoscopic approach, robotic nephrectomy allows a three-dimensional view of your abdominal cavity. In addition, the surgical instruments have a wider range of motion, enabling the surgeon to perform the complex maneuvers with more ease.

Both the laparoscopic and robotic procedures may take longer than an open nephrectomy, but the recovery time is much shorter, and patients feel significantly less pain compared to an open surgery. The average hospital stay after a nephrectomy is two days, and for about a day after the operation, you will have a urinary catheter, which is a long, flexible tube that drains urine from your bladder. All strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks, but to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, it is important that you start walking with the help of a family member or nurse on the day of your surgery. On average, patients return to their normal routines about three weeks after a nephrectomy.