Nephrectomy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A nephrectomy is surgery to remove part or all of your kidney. The kidneys remove waste from the blood. The waste is flushed from your body through your urine.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to help decrease pain, prevent infection, or prevent constipation.

  • 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 surgeon as directed:

You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Do not get your stitches wet unless your surgeon says it is okay. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Gently pat the area dry and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Drink liquids as directed:

This will help prevent constipation. Ask your PHP how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

Activity:

Do not lift, pull, or push heavy objects. You may also need to limit movement, such as bending your back or twisting. Ask your PHP when to can return to work or play sports.

Contact your PHP or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have blood in your urine.

  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.

  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • Your stitches come apart.

  • You cannot urinate.

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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