Postoperative Management

Standard postoperative care of the laparoscopic renal surgery patient should ensue. The Foley catheter should be kept in place until the day of discharge to maximize drainage. The closed-suction drain may be removed when output remains less than 60 cc per day. The ureteral stent, if placed, may be removed two weeks after drain removal.

Follow-up intravenous pyelograms or computed tomography urogram is obtained at six weeks after stent removal, then at six months, 12 months, and as needed for symptoms. Subsequent yearly follow-up with ultrasound is sufficient.

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