Open surgery

Open surgery is required if your kidney stones cannot be removed by other means. Although this procedure is rarely needed due to other medical advances, it is sometimes required if the stones are too large, if the person’s anatomy is difficult or if other abnormalities require correcting at the same time.

This procedure requires a general anaesthetic and you will be in hospital for approximately 3-5 days. An incision will be made on the side of the affected kidney to remove the stones.

You may have a nephrostomy tube to drain the kidney which will be removed before you are discharged. In some cases, a stent is also required and date for removal of this will be determined by your doctor.

Your sutures will be dissolve in 10-14 days (sometimes up to 3 weeks) and the wound dressing will be redressed before you are discharged.

Following discharge

  • You are advised to remain home from work for 4-6 weeks (this can vary depending on your work).
  • You are advised to avoid any strenuous activities and heavy lifting for 4 weeks. Gentle walks are advised.
  • If you are discharged with a stent (refer to stent information), a date will be given for you to return to theatre to have this removed.
  • You may notice some blood in your urine. This may continue for a few days.
  • It is important you drink adequate fluids to ensure adequate urine output.
  • You will be given an appointment to see you doctor 4-6 weeks following discharge from hospital.

You are advised to call the rooms and speak to the Practice Nurse if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden flank pain and worsening
  • Fever, nausea and vomiting
  • Heavy bleeding when passing urine
  • Purulent discharge from the wound site
  • Swelling or redness around the wound site