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Emma asked...

My kidney no longer works.

I am 20 years old and have kidney problems, I have been in and out of hospital the past couple of years.
My gp first told me it was period pain and I was just being stupid, I forced him to send me for tests and after finding out my right kidney had a low percentage working; I had an operation in October, putting a stent in my kidney to see if it would help the kidney work again.
I recently went back to see my consultant to see how my operation had worked. He is now going to take my kidney out because it is not working at all, i'm scared and could do with some advice please?

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The answer

I am very sorry to hear you have been going through so much. It is very scary at any age to find out you need to have an operation. It sounds like you might have to trust your consultant now and have the kidney removed.

While it may seem very daunting, now the kidney has stopped working completely it is safer to remove it before it causes you any further problems (such as infection and pain). Ask your consultant what all your options are. Ask what type of operation is involved, as you may be able to have keyhole surgery (quicker recovery time). Being fully informed about the operation will help to reduce your fears and hopefully you will soon be on the road to recovery.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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