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What to expect after the operation

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Helping you make a speedy recovery after your laparoscopic nephrectomy

What to expect after the operation


You can expect between 3 and 5 small scars at different points on your abdomen. One of these will be longer than the others as it is through this wound that the kidney is removed. Most of these will have one dissolvable stitch.


Most stitches will not require any removal as they will be dissolvable - your surgical team will advise you when they should be removed. This can normally be performed by the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery.


You do not need to keep the scars covered, though some people find it more comfortable to do so. You do not need to worry about getting the scar wet. Many patients have concerns that standing up straight will pull at the stitches. Don’t worry about this. Getting out of bed and standing straight will actually help you to recover more quickly.


You will experience some pain and discomfort around the scars, especially in the first week after the surgery. You may also experience some pain in your shoulders for a few days after the operation. Simple painkillers should be able to relieve this effectively for you.

Tiredness and feeling emotional

Your body is using a lot of energy to heal itself, so you will feel more tired than normal - sometimes it can come upon you suddenly.

Feeling emotional

If you feel upset or emotional in the days and weeks after your operation, don’t worry - this is a perfectly normal reaction which many people experience.


Painkillers may well cause constipation, so it’s important to get plenty of fibre in your diet while you are recovering. Fresh fruit and vegetables will help to keep your bowels moving regularly. 

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