Heminephrectomy; excision of part of the kidney
As I have previously written about my daughters medical condition, her duplex kidney and how she need surgery (heminephrectomy) I thought I would write an update as to how the surgery and recovery went.
During my first pregnancy at our 20 week scan all I kept thinking was is it a boy or a girl. I think we both forgot that this scan is also the abnormality scan, where they check that everything is ok with the baby. We were therefore both quite shocked when the sonographer seemed concerned. She said that she could only see one kidney, she tried to reassure us saying that it might be the angle of the baby or it might not yet be developed and not to worry we could go back for another scan in a few weeks to see if there was any change.
A few weeks later when we returned for the scan, we were told that our daughter had a suspected duplex kidney. Meaning she has a ‘double’ kidney, she also however has separate tubes from each part of the kidney that join into one as they go into the bladder. It was explained to us that a lot of people have duplex kidneys and aren’t even aware of it. Sometimes though having a duplex kidney can cause frequent urine infections which happened to be the case for our daughter.
We were told that once she was born she would be put onto antibiotics (trimethoprim) and further investigations would then take place.