Nephrectomy Post-Operative Instructions

What to Expect

  • Your incision will be tender and you will have some degree of pain for 3-4 weeks.
  • You will experience fatigue and weakness for a few weeks.
  • You will need follow-up by your physician to monitor your progress.


  • Limit your activity to short walks, gradually increasing pace and distance as tolerated.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (more than 10-15 lbs.) for 6 weeks.
  • Do not drive for 2 weeks.
  • Do not take long rides for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Shower as desired, but no tub bath for 1 week.

Wound Care

  • Keep incision clean and dry.
  • When you shower, allow soap and water to run over incision.
  • Steri strips should be left in place 7 to 14 days.

Diet and Elimination

  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluids a day to maintain good hydration and avoid constipation.
  • You may resume a regular diet, but you will likely have a poor appetite for 2-4 weeks. If so, eat frequent, small meals.

Call our office if:

  • Fever over 102 F
  • Increasing pain, swelling, drainage, or redness of your incision.
  • Any adverse reactions from medications (hives, rash, itching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Any concerns.

West Coast Urology
Lawrence R. Paletz, MD
Ernest H. Agatstein, MD FACS
Shahrad Aynehchi, MD FACS
Sepehr Nowfar, MD, MPH

Inglewood (310) 673-3333     Downey (562) 923-0706     Los Alamitos (562) 449-4183