How you prepare

Before surgery, you'll talk with your urologic surgeon about what options are available for you. Questions you might ask include:

  • Will I need a partial or complete nephrectomy?
  • Am I a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure (laparoscopic, robotic or other)?
  • What are the chances that I'll need a complete nephrectomy even if a partial nephrectomy is planned?
  • If the surgery is for treating cancer, what other related procedures or treatments might I need?

Planning your hospital stay

You may need to stay in the hospital from one night to a week or more, depending on the type of procedure. Ask your surgeon and health care team about your probable recovery time.

Preparing for the surgery

You'll receive instructions about what to do the day before and the day of your surgery. Make note of any questions you might have, such as:

  • When do I need to begin fasting?
  • Can I take my prescription medications?
  • If so, how soon before the surgery can I take a dose?
  • What nonprescription medications should I avoid?
  • When do I need to arrive at the hospital?