What activities should be avoided after nephroureterectomy?

After nephroureterectomy, your body needs time to heal and you need to avoid certain movements that can impair the healing process. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities are not allowed for 4 weeks after the surgery.

If a nephroureterectomy is determined to be the best surgical approach for you, you can take comfort knowing that the surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are among the best in their field. After hospital discharge, you will need to get plenty of rest.

Your doctor will give you an estimate for how long recovery may take for you personally, given a variety of factors such as your type of surgery and any health conditions you may have. Until then, follow the instructions you have been given and make sure you:

  • Don't swim, bathe, or use a hot tub in the first 2 weeks after surgery as this will soak your incision and increase the risk of a wound infection
  • Don't lift heavy objects or do strenuous activities
  • Don't drive if you’re taking medications that could cause drowsiness as a side effect

You will be able to resume your typical activities gradually but pay attention to all the warning signals your body sends. If engaging in a particular activity causes pain or discomfort, you should stop to rest. If the discomfort persists once you resume that activity, it’s better you refrain from it and call your doctor to ask for advice.

If there are any areas that are not clear or there are questions you need answering, do not hesitate to contact Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for further advice.

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