The walking will help you build strength. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do each day. Take planned rest periods during the day. The best gauge is your own body and how you feel. It is very important that you continue walking when you are discharged from the hospital. Not only will this build strength but will also aid in preventing blood clot formation in the legs.
If you must pick something up, bend with your knees and not your waist.
Anything you need to brace yourself to pick up is too heavy. Also avoid strenuous activity.
Take them slowly at first. You may wish to group your activities, so that you do not have to make many trips up and down stairs during the first week you are home.
Driving should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery or until you are pain free without medication. Take breaks every couple of hours if you are on extended trips. Get out of your car and walk around a bit to prevent blood clotting in the legs.
Patients can scrub their bodies upon discharge from the hospital with lukewarm water and soap. Avoid getting your incisions/dressings wet. Tub baths or hot tubs in the first 2 weeks are discouraged as this will allow for prolonged soaking of your incisions and increase the risk of infection. Your wound sites can get wet, but must be patted dry immediately after showering.
You can resume bathing/showering with soap and water once the wounds have healed and sutures have been removed.
You should be on salt restricted diet (i.e. do not add additional salt to food) and avoid high protein diets as both can cause potential damage to your remaining kidney.
If you become constipated please take the following measures: increase the roughage in your diet and drink 2-3 litres of water per day (to be avoided in heart patients).
It is important to take care of for your lung health to avoid pneumonias.
For this please do the following:
If your urine becomes offensive smelling or cloudy in color, this could mean that you may be having an urine infection. Please contact us.
If you have had a partial removal of your kidney there is risk of bleeding after the operation (experiencing blood in urine). If this does happen, you should contact us immediately as you may require further evaluation and possible admission.