Post op recovery

Karen0074
Karen0074 Member Posts: 64

Hi all, i am today 6 days post op partial neprectomy and its kicking my butt. Low level nausea and sickness are the ones doing the kicking and it's making me feel so low. On a brighter note ok have had no pain at all from the insision site or kidney. Did anyone else have this nausea and how long does it last? It also could be from the general anaesthetic. hope everyone's doing ok and if you are waiting for the op that was ok, I suppose everyone is different with post op recovery.

 

hugs

 

karen x

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  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,361 Member
    Nausea

    Karen,

     

    The nuesea can be a side effect of the pain medication. It should subside after you are off the pain medication. In any event address this concern to your surgeon.

     

     

    Icemantoo

  • db8ne1
    db8ne1 Member Posts: 142 Member
    Anesthesia Hangover

    Hey, Karen.

    I had a partial nephrectomy on Tuesday 7/8/14 (robotic assisted). Clear cell renal cell carcinoma Stage 1. Discharged from hospital 7/9.  While the pain from the surgery was really minimal, I had a low-grade fever, nausea, no appetite, extreme fatigue, etc.  Basically, I felt like I had a really bad flu.  I stopped taking Oxicodone on Saturday (I'd only been taking it at night to help me sleep comfortably) and the "flu" started to subside.  So - 4-5 days post surgery I finally "turned the corner".  However, I had plans to call the surgeon on Monday if things had not improved.

    I really think it had to do with the anesthesia.  I had 2 surgeries last year and did not experience this...

    Do you have a fever?  If it's over 100.4 (according to my hospital discharge papers), you should definitely call your doc.  Even if there is no fever, you may want to do so anyway just to be on the safe side!!!

    J

  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,041 Member
    db8ne1 said:

    Anesthesia Hangover

    Hey, Karen.

    I had a partial nephrectomy on Tuesday 7/8/14 (robotic assisted). Clear cell renal cell carcinoma Stage 1. Discharged from hospital 7/9.  While the pain from the surgery was really minimal, I had a low-grade fever, nausea, no appetite, extreme fatigue, etc.  Basically, I felt like I had a really bad flu.  I stopped taking Oxicodone on Saturday (I'd only been taking it at night to help me sleep comfortably) and the "flu" started to subside.  So - 4-5 days post surgery I finally "turned the corner".  However, I had plans to call the surgeon on Monday if things had not improved.

    I really think it had to do with the anesthesia.  I had 2 surgeries last year and did not experience this...

    Do you have a fever?  If it's over 100.4 (according to my hospital discharge papers), you should definitely call your doc.  Even if there is no fever, you may want to do so anyway just to be on the safe side!!!

    J

    Yes and Yes

    Also love the TED Hose.  Nausea seems to go with surgery, for me especially.  First "the purge," Anesthesia, then liquid diet, then a bit of constipation, and the pain meds. Stick to low fats and more liquids than solids, apple juice, 7-Up, Chicken broth, and adequate H2O.  Easier for your body to absorb without a lot of enzymes dumped into the small intestine. Your pancreas sometimes takes a hit from all that happens and can lead to the nausea.

    Give yourself a few more days before you call the Dr. Everyone has a variance in recovery time; but we want to have the Dr. give us a firm number of days to bet there. IF---you do start to actually throw up or get the dry heaves, do call the Dr.  That could indicate a mild case of pancreatitis.  Because I had part of my liver and my gall bladder  removed during the first surgery for the nephrectomy, I did develop pancreatitis.  ER hydrated me, sent me home on a liquid diet with anti-nausea pills, and I recovered.

    Believe me, you'll recover.  Hang in there and know we're cheering for those good lookin' legs.

    Donna

  • aamdsi
    aamdsi Member Posts: 284
    Same with me

    I had a open partial in March.

    I was so so nauseous that it scared me.  I mean to throw up with 24 staples in my side did NOT sound like something I wanted to do. It also kept me in the hospital for 5 days 8-( 

    I finally got them to cut the heavy drugs and I just took Tylenol - and was out of the hospital the next mroning. 

    Not saying it will be the same for you, but as Iceman said, the pain meds can be the cause.

     

    Laurie

  • GSRon
    GSRon Member Posts: 1,303 Member
    aamdsi said:

    Same with me

    I had a open partial in March.

    I was so so nauseous that it scared me.  I mean to throw up with 24 staples in my side did NOT sound like something I wanted to do. It also kept me in the hospital for 5 days 8-( 

    I finally got them to cut the heavy drugs and I just took Tylenol - and was out of the hospital the next mroning. 

    Not saying it will be the same for you, but as Iceman said, the pain meds can be the cause.

     

    Laurie

    Soemtimes the drugs to that..

    Soemtimes the drugs to that.. and sometimes a partial can be worse than a radical.. rare but it happens.. hang in there. the worse is over..!

    I agree with Donna...  "Nothing beats a great pair of legs...."  Tongue Out

    Ron

  • SusanB2014
    SusanB2014 Member Posts: 17
    No nausea but still have pain

    Hi,

    I too had a partial nephrectomy but post op I didn't have any nausea. I was given dylotted (sp?) which maybe has less side effects?! 

    Karen, you said you didnt have any pain otherwise?! That's wonderful! I wish I could say the same. I am 3.5 weeks post op and am still struggling with pain near the surgical site; not actually at the site. My biggest area of pain is the right side of my abdomen and sometimes on my back - I'm presuming my kidney healing.

    Anyone else still in pain? The doctor says it's normal... I'm impatient!!!

  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,361 Member

    No nausea but still have pain

    Hi,

    I too had a partial nephrectomy but post op I didn't have any nausea. I was given dylotted (sp?) which maybe has less side effects?! 

    Karen, you said you didnt have any pain otherwise?! That's wonderful! I wish I could say the same. I am 3.5 weeks post op and am still struggling with pain near the surgical site; not actually at the site. My biggest area of pain is the right side of my abdomen and sometimes on my back - I'm presuming my kidney healing.

    Anyone else still in pain? The doctor says it's normal... I'm impatient!!!

    Pain after 3.5 weeks

    Susan B.

     

    I agree with your surgeon. Your pain is normal. Nobody said the surgery is a cake walk.

     

     

    Icemantoo

  • Terry T
    Terry T Member Posts: 42
    i have had an up and down recovery

    Hi Karen - I didn't have the nausea you reference, nor fever, but was really tired and felt "odd" for a week or so.  Then, weeks 2 - 4 were a matter "some days better than others" but a general upward trend.  Now, in week 5, i am feeling much better, though I still get fatigued easily - went to the gym yesterday and walked 13,000 steps on the fit bit counter so i should be tired!  And i didn't get the stockings!  I would say if your fever persists, let your doctor know. 

  • todd121
    todd121 Member Posts: 1,448 Member
    Nausea

    Pretty much agreeing that it could be the pain meds (I took tramadol, which bothers me a lot less than the other narcotics, which make me very nauseous), or it could be constipation. Took me 10 days or so to get back to normal, and I had some nausea because of that. Watch your temperature. Anything over 101 and you should contact your doc ASAP (call them, don't wait).

    Switching pain meds might help. Tramadol worked well for me. Later Tylenol. The other stuff makes me really nauseous.

    Address constipation. Walk. Drink lots of water. Light diet and if you need to (I did), take a softener/something with some push like Senna Plus. I was told to avoid harsh laxatives like milk of magnesia, since that can kick things in the other direction. It takes a while for your digestion to get back to normal.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Todd

  • Karen0074
    Karen0074 Member Posts: 64
    todd121 said:

    Nausea

    Pretty much agreeing that it could be the pain meds (I took tramadol, which bothers me a lot less than the other narcotics, which make me very nauseous), or it could be constipation. Took me 10 days or so to get back to normal, and I had some nausea because of that. Watch your temperature. Anything over 101 and you should contact your doc ASAP (call them, don't wait).

    Switching pain meds might help. Tramadol worked well for me. Later Tylenol. The other stuff makes me really nauseous.

    Address constipation. Walk. Drink lots of water. Light diet and if you need to (I did), take a softener/something with some push like Senna Plus. I was told to avoid harsh laxatives like milk of magnesia, since that can kick things in the other direction. It takes a while for your digestion to get back to normal.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Todd

    Feeling better

    Hi all thanks for good thoughts. I am feeling much better, it took over a week but I am finally losing the nausea. I think it was definitely due to tramadol that I was given the day after surgery and took a while to get out of my system. The ted stockings are my symbol of wellness and thanks for the compliments.

    Ron I think you are heading my way soon for a holiday. The weather is looking good and I hope you have a fab time.

     Susan, my surgery was laparoscopic so I think that makes a big difference to pain. I hope you are now feeling much better.

    Terry I am so glad to hear it gets better and better and I am wanting to get back to the gym asap 

    Todd thanks for the dietary tips I am hoping now nausea has subsided I can start eating properly again

     

    Onwards and upwards all

     

    Karen x

  • freddyv33
    freddyv33 Member Posts: 6
    Nausea After Nephrectomy

    I just don't get nauseous, as a rule. After my 11 hour nephrectomy and some heavy pain meds everyone kept telling me I would but I didn't...until I finally did and had one or two good pukes and then it was over. 

    Bottom line is that everyone is different but it is good you followed up so we know you are better and others may get some comfort from your sharing of your experience.