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During surgery

    • The nurse will place a Foley catheter in your bladder to collect urine while you are asleep.
    • The surgeon will make an incision in your side (usually the left side). The incision is about six to eight inches long.
    • The surgeon will place the new kidney in the lower right or left side of your abdomen. Your own kidneys will stay in place unless there is a medical reason to have it removed.
    • The surgeon will stitch your incisions and cover them with Steri-Strips® (thin paper strips).
    • The surgery takes about two hours.

    After surgery

    Your diseased kidney(s) will likely stay in place after surgery.
    • You will be connected to many tubes, the Foley catheter in your bladder, IV lines in your hand or arm, and a heart monitor.
    • You will have a sequential compression device/ Plexi-Pulse® machine to help prevent blood clots. Plastic leggings are attached to a small machine that pumps air into air pockets in the wraps. Air is pumped in and then released. This pumping action, repeated during the day or night, helps improve circulation.
    • You will be taken to the recovery room. Nurses will monitor you.
    • You will be asked to cough and take deep breaths often to help keep your lungs clear.
    • Your surgeon will talk with your family.
    • Once you are settled in your room, family and friends may visit.
    • You will be up and walking as soon as possible to help your circulation. You will have special stockings (TED®) to wear.