Instructions after All Kidney Surgeries
Including total, partial, open, robotic, and laparoscopic kidney removal or reconstructive procedure
- Drink at least 2 liters of clear, decaffeinated beverages daily to help protect the remaining kidney from harm. The patient may return to their normal diet after passing gas from below or having bowel movements. Otherwise, continue clear liquids and walk often to stimulate bowel function.
- No driving for 2 weeks. This includes no long sitting periods for longer than one hour without stopping and walking around as a passenger. This instruction is to protect you from forming blood clots in the legs as well as reacting to traffic in a manner that will disrupt your incision closure.
- The patient may shower on the second day after surgery (if surgery were on Wednesday, then you may shower on Friday). No bathing (sitting in water) for 10 days following the surgery. This instruction is to allow your incisions to heal without infection.
- No heavy lifting more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks to allow incisions inside and outside of your body to heal without strain.
- Minimize trips up and down stairs to 2-3 times daily by planning ahead. Please only attempt one step at a time as falling on the stairs could be very dangerous.
- The doctor will typically see you during the next week after your surgery for discussion of pathology, evaluation of the incisions and to answer any other questions that may come up. We will also order a blood test to follow your kidney function at that time and arrange any appropriate follow-up imaging studies that may be necessary.
- Return to daily activities will be on a patient to patient basis and assessed during your follow up appointments.
- Discharge medications typically include pain medication (Vicodin 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain) and a stool softener (Colace 100 mg orally 2 times a day). These medications may be changed appropriately based on patient allergies and effectiveness. Antibiotics may be appropriate and determined on an individual basis.
- If you experience fever more than 101 F, have nausea and vomiting, have uncontrolled pain, have bleeding or redness at the infection site suspicious for infection, please call the office for help immediately.