Surgical Procedures for Kidney Cancer
- The tumor is small.
- The cancer is in both kidneys.
- You have only one functioning kidney.
- Damage to other internal organs or blood vessels during the procedure
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Collection of air or gases in the lung cavity
- Kidney failure, if the remaining kidney does not function well
- Urinary catheter—A tube is passed through the urethra into the bladder to measure urine output and avoid the need to urinate in the bathroom.
- Medications—You may be given antibiotics, pain medication, or antinausea drugs after surgery.
- Coughing and deep breathing exercises—Your nurse or respiratory therapist will show you how to do these exercises, which are usually done 3-4 times daily to help keep your lungs clear.
- Get out of bed often and sit in a chair. Increase your activity as much as tolerated.
- Stay well hydrated.
- Avoid environments and people that expose you to germs, smoke, or chemical irritants.
- Difficulty breathing
- Stitches or staples that come apart
- A bandage that becomes soaked with blood
- Mucus you are coughing up that is yellow, green, or bloody
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
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Kidney cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/kidneycancer/index . Accessed June 20, 2013.
Kidney cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/kidney . Accessed June 20, 2013.
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