Nephrostomy

Care After

Refer 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 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

  • Avoid taking aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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

  • Take your antibiotics as directed. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Rest for the remainder of the day. Do not operate machinery, drive, or make legal decisions for 24 hours after your procedure.

  • Have someone drive you home.

  • You may resume your usual diet after the procedure. Drink extra fluids while the catheter is in place. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after the procedure.

  • Keep the skin around your catheter dry.

  • You may shower. Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape the edges of the plastic wrap to your skin so your skin remains dry under the plastic. If the area does get wet, dry the skin completely.

  • Avoid baths or swimming.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Redness, increased soreness, or swelling develops.

  • Your symptoms persist after several days or worsen.

  • If you seeblood in the urine (hematuria) for over 48 hours.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your flexible tube (catheter) accidentally gets pulled out.

  • You have chills or increased pain.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • The skin breaks down around the catheter.

  • Your catheter stops draining.The catheter may be blocked.

  • There is leakage of urine around catheter.