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Kidney Cancer & Reconstruction

Urology is the medical specialty devoted to treating men and women with urinary issues and pelvic problems, as well as men with reproductive health concerns. The kidneys play a vital role in the urinary tract, producing urine and removing toxins and excess fluid from the body, a process that helps balance your salt and potassium levels.

If you have recurrent kidney problems, such as stones, infections, or a family history of kidney cancer, it is wise to consult with a urologist trained to detect and treat kidney diseases. Dr. Mulugeta Kassahun with Urology Specialists of Nevada is a Las Vegas urologist with more than a decade of experience. He is an expert in da Vinci robotic surgery, a highly effective technique for restoring proper kidney function.

Kidney conditions we treat include:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Kidney stones and cysts
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney blockage

Symptoms of Kidney (Renal) Cancer

While kidney cancer can affect both children and adults, it occurs most often between the ages of 50 and 70. Symptoms are rare during the early stages. You may experience unexplained weight loss, appetite loss, and fatigue, along with these symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine, which may appear pink, red, or cola-colored
  • Back pain just below the ribs that doesn’t go away
  • Fever that comes and goes

Kidney cancer can be detected with advanced imaging technology, such as a CT scan (computerized tomography). The most common form of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma. If diagnosed and treated early, renal cancer can be cured.

You are at risk for kidney cancer if it runs in your family. Smoking and obesity also increase your chances of getting renal cancer. If you are suspicious of having kidney trouble, make an appointment with a urologist right away.

Kidney Cancer Treatment

Treatment for kidney cancer is highly individualized, as with most cancers. Your age, health, lifestyle, and stage of cancer should be carefully considered before deciding what to do. Dr. Kassahun can recommend the most appropriate treatment based on his experience and knowledge.

Kidney cancer generally does not respond well to radiation therapy or chemotherapy, but other non-surgical and surgical options are available, including cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, laparoscopic surgery, and da Vinci robotic surgery – a minimally invasive way to remove all or part of a diseased kidney (nephrectomy). da Vinci surgery may also enable Dr. Kassahun to preserve your kidney by removing the tumor only and not the entire kidney.

Kidney Reconstruction

Kidney reconstructive surgery is used to fix a blockage or injury to the kidney and/or ureter. This is best accomplished laparoscopically or robotically, with the da Vinci Surgical System.

A blockage of the ureter causes trouble with urination, such as excessive urination or frequent night time urination. The official term for this condition is ureteropelvic junction obstruction, or UPJ. Some people are born with a malformation of the ureteral muscle or an extra artery or vein that crosses over the ureter from the lower kidney area. Common symptoms of UPJ include low back pain, recurrent kidney infections, and kidney stones. The pain may radiate to the lower abdomen, testes, or labia.

Treatment for UPJ can be done with minimally invasive surgical techniques, including endoscopy, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery (da Vinci pyeloplasty). Pyeloplasty involves placing a stent into the ureter to improve drainage and decompress the kidney.

Kidney reconstruction may also be used to repair an injured kidney after an accident, gun shot wound, or stabbing wound. Talk to Dr. Kassahun today if you need urgent medical attention for a kidney injury.

If you have kidney problems, turn to the leading urologist in Las Vegas. Request an appointment online with Dr. Kassahun or call (702) 877-0814 Ext. 115 to be seen in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada.