Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy is surgery to remove a kidney for transplant to another person.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines may be given to help decrease pain and prevent or treat an infection. Stool softeners make it easier for you to have a bowel movement.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or nephrologist as directed:
You will need to return to have your wounds checked and the stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Avoid doing intense physical activities, such as heavy lifting, pulling, and pushing. You may also need to limit your movements, especially bending your back. Ask when you can return to your normal activities.
- Do not let your stitches get wet unless your PHP says it is okay. Ask when you can bathe, shower, or swim.
Care for your wound as directed. You may need to carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Contact your PHP or nephrologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have blood in your urine.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- You have trouble having a bowel movement or passing urine.
- Your incisions are swollen, red, or are draining pus, or your stitches have come apart.
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