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You gave one of your kidneys to save someone’s life. This was a wonderful gift. Most kidney donors live normal lives with one kidney. Once you recover from surgery, you will be able to return to your normal activities. Here's what you need to know about home care after surgery.
Shower as needed beginning 2 or 3 days after surgery. Gently wash your incision (cut from surgery) with soap and water and pat dry.
Don’t soak in a bath until your incision is healed (2 weeks).
Don’t drive for 4 weeks after surgery or while taking pain medications containing narcotics.
Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks after your surgery.
Always lift objects safely, with your legs, not your back.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for the first 4 weeks after your surgery.
No pushing or pulling heavy objects for 4 weeks after surgery. Don’t push a stroller, grocery cart, or vacuum cleaner. Don’t pull a wagon, garden hose, or golf club carrier.
Don’t play any contact sports for at least 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery. Check with your doctor before you start exercising.
Resume sexual activity when you feel able.
Ask your doctor when you can expect to return to work.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Cloudy or smelly urine
Urge to urinate more often than usual
Burning when you urinate
Little or no urine output or blood in your urine
Pain that gets worse or isn’t relieved by treatment
Pain in or around your wound
Warmth, redness, or swelling in the skin around the wound
Wound that opens up or pulls apart
Fever above 101.5°F or shaking chills
Nausea or vomiting