Tests and treatments
Laparoscopic removal of kidney cysts
What is it?
The cyst's wall is cut out using a keyhole surgery, or laparoscopy. Instruments are introduced through three or four small incisions made on the abdomen. Using these instruments, a piece of the cyst wall is cut into and the cyst is suctioned until it is empty. When the procedure is finished, a drain is placed so that the internal wound fluid can be drained.
Course of the procedure
Before the procedure
You need to be fasting for at least six hours before the procedure is performed. You must stop any blood thinners beforehand, and in consultation with the treating physician.
After the procedure
You are usually able to eat and drink one day after the operation. Physical exertion must be avoided for three to four weeks.
The drain will only be removed after fluid has stopped coming out. Wound sutures or staples must be removed 10-14 days after the procedure. Normally the patient can leave the hospital a few days afterwards.
You may have side pain or some fluid secretion from the wound during the post-operative period. These symptoms normally improve on their own over the course of a few days.
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Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Ameye Filip