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Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy is surgery to remove your kidney. Surgery is done through small incisions in your side.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • You cannot urinate.

Call your nephrologist 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.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Antibiotics may be given to prevent or treat an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Bowel movement softeners may be given to help prevent constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Care for the surgery area:

  • Do not get your stitches wet unless your surgeon says it is okay. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the area 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.
  • You may have pieces of medical tape on your incision wound. Keep them clean and dry. They will fall off on their own after several days. Do not pull them off.

Drink liquids as directed:

This will help prevent constipation. Ask your healthcare provider 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 when to can return to work and do other activities.

Follow up with your nephrologist 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.

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