surgical removal of a kidney. When performed for cancer of the kidney, the entire organ is removed together with its surrounding fat and the adjacent adrenal gland (radical nephrectomy). Removal of either the upper or lower pole of the kidney is termed partial nephrectomy. The operation can be performed by laparoscopy.

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