Kidney Cancer

What to Expect After Discharge

  • Pain Control: You can expect to have some pain that may require pain medication for a few days after discharge, and then Tylenol should be sufficient to control your pain.
  • Showering: You may shower at home. Your wound sites can get wet, but must be patted dry. Tub baths can soak your incisions and therefore are not recommended in the first 2 weeks after surgery. You may have adhesive strips across your incision, called "steri strips". These are not to be removed. They will fall off in approximately 5-7 days. Sutures will dissolve in 4-6 weeks.
  • Activity: Taking walks is advised. Prolonged sitting or lying in bed should be avoided. Climbing stairs is allowed. Driving should be avoided for at least 1-2 weeks after surgery. Absolutely no heavy lifting (greater than 20 pounds) or exercising (jogging, swimming, treadmill, biking) for six weeks or until instructed by your doctor. Most patients return to full activity on an average of 3 weeks after surgery. You can expect to return to work in approximately 4 weeks.
  • Diet: You should drink plenty of fluids and discuss with your doctor if you need to be on a salt or protein restricted diet.
  • Follow-up Appointment: You will need to call the Institute at 516.734.8500 soon after your discharge to schedule a follow up visit for 4 weeks after your surgery date with your surgeon. During this appointment you will obtain a long term follow up plan from your surgeon.
  • Stent Follow-up: If a stent is placed, the length of the time the stent remains in place is variable. Your doctor will probably request that it is removed within a 2-6 week period. This can be removed in the doctor's office. It is common to feel a slight amount of flank fullness and urgency to void, which is caused by the stent. These symptoms often improve over time if the stent is left in. The severity and duration of the symptoms is highly variable and will resolve when the stent is removed.