Operative management of renal injuries

Carlos V.R. Brown, Joseph M Galante

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This chapter will cover the operative management of renal injuries encountered during the care of combat trauma casualties. Renal injuries may seem daunting to the elective general surgeon not accustomed to operating in the retroperitoneum or on the genitourinary system. However, a basic understanding of management of renal injuries is essential for the combat surgeon as the kidney may be injured by any mechanism, particularly in the setting of penetrating or blast injury. You are highly unlikely to have a urologist or transplant surgeon immediately available to assist you, but you can expertly manage renal trauma without them. This chapter will review indications for operation and renal exploration, operative exposure and injury evaluation, repair and resection (partial and nephrectomy) of the injured kidney, and postoperative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFront Line Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319567808
ISBN (Print)9783319567792
StatePublished - Jul 21 2017


  • Kidney injury
  • Nephrectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Renal injury
  • Renal salvage
  • Renal vascular injury
  • Urinary fistula
  • Urinoma
  • Zone II retroperitoneum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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