How is my remaining kidney cared for after a nephrectomy?

After a nephrectomy (surgical removal of a kidney), tests will be done on a regular basis to check how well the remaining kidney is working. Your blood pressure, urine and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) should be checked every year. Protein in the urine is an early sign of kidney damage.

People with one kidney should avoid sports that involve higher risks of heavy contact or collision. This includes, but is not limited to, boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, soccer and wrestling. This may also include extreme activities such as skydiving. Anyone with a single kidney who decides to participate in these sports should be extra careful and wear protective padding. He or she should understand that losing the remaining kidney is a very serious situation.

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