Nephrectomy

Care After

ExitCare ImageRefer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Take showers, not baths, until seen by your caregiver.

  • Change bandages (dressings) if necessary or as directed.

  • Resume your normal diet and activities as directed.

  • Avoid lifting more than 10 lb (4.5 kg) or driving until directed otherwise. If you must lift something, avoid bending over at the waist.

  • Make an appointment to see your caregiver for stitch (suture) or staple removal as directed.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed.

  • Monitor your blood pressure as directed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bleeding from the wound.

  • Your soreness gets worse instead of better.

  • You see redness, swelling, or have increasing pain in the wound.

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from your wound.

  • You develop an unexplained temperature over 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You have a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing or feel short of breath.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medications given.

  • You develop lightheadedness or feel faint.

  • You develop blood or clots in your urine and it is increasing.

  • You have clear fluid coming from the wound.