When should I have a follow-up visit after the nephroureterectomy procedure?

Your doctor will tell you when it’s best to have the follow-up appointment. Typically, this visit is scheduled 7-10 days after the surgery. This visit is very important because on this occasion the doctor will evaluate the result of the nephroureterectomy and understand how well your recovery is going.

The aim of the nephroureterectomy procedure is to remove a tumor-bearing kidney and its ureter. Follow-up appointments after the nephroureterectomy procedure allow the urologist to monitor for postoperative complications, renal function, and local recurrence. The results of the pathology tests on the removed kidney are usually available in one week following surgery and your results will be discussed with you either by phone or directly in the office during a follow-up clinic appointment.

The precise timing of your first follow-up appointment will be determined by your surgeon but is generally within 7-10 days after you leave the hospital at which point the urinary catheter will be removed.

You should call the doctor any time before the scheduled follow-up visit if you have:

  • Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, and sweats
  • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness
  • Excess bleeding, or discharge from the incision
  • Lasting nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that you cannot control with medicine
  • Problems urinating

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