Kidney mass is undiagnosed tissue that could be classified as a cyst or tumor. A kidney cyst or kidney tumor is usually noticed by palpation, or the feeling of a lump on the back, with your hand, or detected on medical imaging tests. The method of treatment for the mass depends on the kidney mass diagnosis.
Kidney mass may indicate the presence of renal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults. If a kidney mass is malignant, kidney surgery may have to be performed. A nephrectomy is the surgical procedure in which the entire kidney is removed if a kidney mass has grown large enough to effect the natural function of the kidney or if renal cell carcinoma was threatening to spread to other parts of the body. A partial nephrectomy removes only part of the kidney and saves as much of the healthy tissue of the kidney as possible. Kidney cryosurgery uses extremely cold temperatures to freeze and destroy the kidney mass so that the remaining kidney tissue can function.
At Urology Specialists, our doctors will use several methods to make an accurate diagnosis of a kidney problem you may be experiencing. First, doctors will conduct a physical exam to check your general health and detect any fever, high blood pressure, abdomen mass or tumors. Other diagnostic tests, such as urine tests and blood tests, can show signs of diseases or kidney infection and indicate how the kidneys are functioning.
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a type of x-ray that uses dye to show how the urinary tract is working and if there are any signs of a kidney tumor. Kidney imaging tests, such as a CT kidney scan (or kidney CAT scan), an ultrasound test, or kidney MRI can show the location and size of any kidney tumors. In some cases, our doctors may perform a biopsy to examine tissue and look for cancer cells.
Kidney mass could be a signal that an urgent problem exists. Dr. Fernando J. Bianco and Dr. Edward Gheiler, two outstanding and world-renowned urologists at Urology Specialists, are highly experienced in the detection and treatment of urological conditions. They perform several types of renal cell carcinoma surgery and kidney tumor surgery, including da Vinci nephrectomy and da Vinci partial nephrectomy, which involve the use of robotic instruments that allow the doctor more control and precision during the procedure. Click here or call our office for an appointment today. The doctors at Urology Specialists will determine the correct diagnosis and help you decide on the best treatment for your condition.