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Partial Nephrectomy


Continue walking

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.

Avoid bending for 3 months

If you must pick something up, bend with your knees and not your waist.

Avoid heavy (Greater than 5 pounds) lifting for 3 months

Anything you need to brace yourself to pick up is too heavy. Also avoid strenuous activity.

Stairs should not be avoided

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

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.

Bathing /taking a shower will be OK

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.

Avoid constipation

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).

Chest exercises

It is important to take care of for your lung health to avoid pneumonias.
For this please do the following:

  • Incentive spirometry as taught
  • Steam inhalation twice a day for 2 weeks
  • Avoid breathing exercises that cause sudden increase in abdominal pressure like Kapalabhati

Urine Infection

If your urine becomes offensive smelling or cloudy in color, this could mean that you may be having an urine infection. Please contact us.

Blood in urine

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.


  • Drink plenty of water (2- 3 Litres/day, provided no heart/liver/kidney problems preclude this)
  • Reduce salt intake (salt restricted diet)
  • Avoid Nephrotoxic drugs (drugs that may affect kidney function)
  • Do not take over the counter pain medication or any new medication without physician advise. This includes alternative medication such as ayurvedic and homeopathic medication.


  • As per your discharge papers and continue medications for diabetes, heart and thyroid related illness as before.
  • Blood thinners like Aspirin/Ecosprin/Clopidogrel to be restarted only after discussion with surgical team and cardiologist
  • Regular follow up as advised

RED ALERT SIGNS: Reasons to call the physician

  • Your incision becomes red or swollen
  • The skin around your incision is warmer than elsewhere and is slightly red
  • There is drainage(pus/fluid) from your incision
  • There is an opening in your incision if visible
  • You are having difficulty passing urine or your urine output become less than it normally has been
  • There are chills or fever of 101degree Fahrenheit or more
  • Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medications
  • Blood in urine
  • Foul smelling urine


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