Accomplished surgeon Dr. Alan Sadah works in the field of urology. Possessing more than three decades of medical experience, he belongs to the Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, LLC, group and has hospital privileges at St. Alexius Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, and others. During the course of his career, Dr. Alan Sadah has become experienced in such procedures as partial nephrectomy.
Also known as a kidney-sparing surgery or nephron-sparing surgery, a partial nephrectomy is a type of kidney cancer treatment. As the preferred treatment for most people who have early-stage kidney cancer, it lets surgeons save a good portion of patients’ kidneys. Having some portion of the kidney left after a tumor is removed improves kidney function and makes patients less likely to get heart disease.
A surgeon’s ability to perform a partial nephrectomy largely depends on the tumor’s location and the experience of the surgeon. When tumors are in the middle of the kidney or are extremely large, surgeons cannot perform a partial nephrectomy successfully. The same is true when kidneys have multiple small tumors or large tumors that are more than seven centimeters across. In these situations, the long-term results of a partial nephrectomy are the same as radical nephrectomies, which remove the entire kidney.
Since a partial nephrectomy is a complex procedure, inexperienced surgeons often avoid performing it. Even when a patient is a good candidate for a partial nephrectomy, unpracticed surgeons are more likely to suggest a radical nephrectomy since the procedure is more common and easier to perform.