How to prepare for a nephrectomy procedure?

As the date of undergoing nephrectomy approaches, you should prepare by drinking plenty of water, avoiding certain medications like blood thinners or blood pressure medications, and quitting smoking.

Your doctor will provide you with all the necessary guidelines for thorough preoperative preparation

Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure done to treat kidney cancer as well as other kidney diseases. It can be performed through an open incision, laparoscopically, or with robot-assisted laparoscopic technologies.

For some kidney cancers, nephrectomy may improve symptoms, keep patients off medications, and offer a better chance at a cure. Kidney cancer experts at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital help patients with metastatic kidney cancer decide if and when surgery may help their disease.

Before a nephrectomy procedure, the doctor will need you to have some routine tests to make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes:

  • urinalysis
  • blood tests
  • kidney function tests
  • a chest X-ray
  • an electrocardiogram

Working with your doctor before surgery

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
  • If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin, you will need to stop taking them to minimize the risk of postoperative bleeding.
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder, or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron.

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