A Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the kidney. It can be performed in many different ways, depending on what type of cancer is suspected. For example, if the tumor is close to or inside of the kidney and it cannot be removed by surgery, then your surgeon may remove your entire kidney instead. In this blog post we will discuss post-Nephrectomy care for patients who are recovering from a nephrectomy.
What you should expect after surgery?
The first few days of recovery are usually the most painful. Your kidneys will be working overtime to produce urine, so your bladder may become swollen and feel full a lot of the time. You might also experience nausea or vomiting due to dehydration from excess fluid in your body. These side effects can go away with medications as they heal but it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Slowly start eating again and take pain medication when needed for relief, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).
How long does it last?
Postoperative complications typically subside within two weeks following nephrectomy surgery according to NID.