• I am having the robotic surgury for the partial kidney removal on aug 21.What can I expect right after the surgury?

    Asked by daveh on Saturday, July 21, 2012

    I am having the robotic surgury for the partial kidney removal on aug 21.What can I expect right after the surgury?

    IE how much pain?How long will I be in the hospital realistically?How long will I be not able to work(I work in a production enviroment alot of movement and some weight involved).and anything else you can think of.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • goyler's Avatar

      I can only speak to my experience recently. I had my entire right kidney removed on April 27ths and spent five days in the hospital. Mostly because my stomach did not like the surgery. You will likely be in the hospital 2-4 days maximum. They will likely advise you not to lift anything for a while. Because they had to remove my kidney, my scar is much larger than the partial. They did not want me to lift anything for about six weeks. They pain for me was very manageable. I stopped using pain meds on my third day and have not had to use them since then. I returned to work 2 1/2 months after surgery. I work a very physical job and needed to be 100% before they (my employer) would allow me back to work.
      Hope this helps. I had the same questions.


      almost 9 years ago
    • daveh's Avatar

      thanks greg.I also have a very physical job.I was told I would be in the hospital for 4-6 days.I was also told that I would be off work for atleast 4 weeks at that point I could go back part time if my work allows it.I worry about the no lifting,because my wife is disabled and I am the only person that can do the heavy chores,such as laundry and grocery shopping.

      almost 9 years ago
    • kjt146's Avatar

      Right out of surgery, expect pain from air left in your system. They try their best to remove it, however due to the way the procedure works...air will remain in your system. It is painful, however only temporary. I was in the hospital for 5 days, but i had some issues. Typically, I understand, most people are in for only 2-3 days. Depending on your job and your pain tolerance...I think depends on how long it will take you to get back to work. Also, depending on which kidney you are getting removed (one is typically more dominant than the other) you might have some urology problems at first...but from what I understand...they do their best to prepare your system for that.

      over 8 years ago

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