​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After Your Operation

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What will happen right after my operation?
  • ​Following your donor operation, you will be in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room for about 2 to 4 hours. You will then be moved to either the 6th floor (Urology Inpatient Unit) or 7th floor (Transplant Inpatient ​Unit​) for recovery.
  • You will have a catheter in your bladder to drain your urine and you will receive IV fluids until you are able to take in enough food and fluids. Your diet will be gradually changed from liquids to more solid foods, as tolerated.
How will I feel after my operation?
  • Once you have recovered from the anesthetic, you may feel some pain at your incision. The incision will become less painful over the first couple of weeks, but it will take several weeks for the muscles and nerves to heal completely.
  • Our pain management team will work with you during and after surgery to make sure your pain is well managed. Your pain will be managed by Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA). This lets you control the number of doses as well as the timing of the pain medication. The medication will be given to you intravenously (IV).​

How can I take care of myself after my operation?​​
  • Start some deep breathing and coughing exercises. We'll show you an exercise called Incentive Spirometry
  • ​​Wiggle your toes and move your feet. This helps the blood in your legs to circulate.
  • Sitting up in a chair, performing self-care, and walking in the hallway are excellent ways to improve your strength and stamina.
  • You will shower while you are in the hospital​
How long will I stay in the hospital?​​
  • You can expect to be in the hospital for up to 3 to 5 days.​​

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