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Open Nephrolithotomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Open nephrolithotomy is surgery to remove kidney stones.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder


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

Seek care immediately if:

Call your doctor or urologist if:


You may need any of the following:

Care for the surgery area:

You may need to wash the area with soap and water. Check for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. Always check your drain when you change your bandages. Do not pull on your drain. Ask for more information about drain care.

Bladder care:


Follow up with your doctor or urologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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