DR. ANIL KAPOOR MD, FRCSC
Juravinski Cancer Centre
It is very normal to feel pain or discomfort after surgery, sometimes as long as 6 months! Everyone recovers differently from surgery, and your body will recover at its own pace. Most importantly, if your pain gets worse, see your doctor right away.
The pain after a partial nephrectomy varies from patient to patient; some experience pain longer periods than others. We tend to see that older patients cope with pain more than younger patients.
My advice is to listen to your body – if it does not feel right, call your urologist as they are the best person to decide if you need further investigation. If you are experiencing any symptoms such as a fever, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, you should see a doctor immediately.