Laparoscopic Renal Cyst Decortication
Renal cyst decortication is removing the
cover of a large renal cyst. By removing the
cover of the cyst, the fluid is drained. The
laparoscopic approach is done using scopes
through 3 to 5 small incisions.
To prepare for surgery you will need to
empty stool from your bowel. A few days
before your bowel prep, go to your local
drugstore. Buy 1 bottle of magnesium
citrate (10 oz). Store it in the refrigerator
until you need to drink it. It is easier to
drink if it is cold.
The Day before Surgery
ξ Eat a light breakfast and lunch, avoid
greasy foods and red meat.
ξ Drink only clear liquids after lunch
up to midnight (no limit on amount).
o Juice without pulp
grape are okay)
o Hard candy, no
o Clear Jell-O®,
premade (no fruit,
o Sparkling water
o Weak coffee or
tea, no creamer
o Gatorade® or
o Boost Breeze®/
After lunch, do not eat solid food, or
drink juice with pulp, dairy products, or
_____ At 2:00 pm drink magnesium citrate
10 oz. (1 entire bottle; any flavor). Drink 1
liter of a sport-type drink with electrolytes
before midnight (Gatorade®). After this,
you may drink as much clear liquid as you
wish until midnight.
Shower before bed with antibacterial soap.
Do Not Eat or Drink after Midnight.
The day of surgery shower with the
antibacterial soap before you leave for the
ξ It is normal for you to have some
pain in the area for 2-4 weeks. Pain
pills will be ordered for you. Follow
the directions for using these pills.
ξ You will be walking soon after your
surgery. This is very important to
your recovery. The pain pills will
make it easier for you to move
ξ You will be in the hospital 2-4 days.
ξ Expect to get back to your normal
routine in 10-12 days. Avoid
ξ Do not lift more than 20 pounds for 4
ξ Nothing strenuous such as jogging,
aerobics, or swimming for 4 weeks
ξ Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid per
day (any kind of fluid is fine, except
ξ You may shower. Do not soak your
incisions in a hot tub, bath tub, or
swim until they are healed, at least 2
weeks. You may wear Band-Aids®
if you need to. Wear Band-Aids® if
your incisions are in a skin fold, your
clothes rub on them, or they are
draining. Change them at least daily
and more often if they get wet or
ξ Resume sexual activity after 2
ξ Do not drive for 2 weeks.
ξ The length of time you will need to
be off work depends on your
recovery and the type of work you
do. Check with your surgeon before
going back to work.
Your first follow-up visit will be made for
you before you leave the hospital.
When to Call the Doctor
ξ Shortness of breath or chest pain
ξ Increasing redness, warmth, or
swelling of an incision
ξ Pus-like drainage from the incision
or drain site
ξ Temperature over 100.4 θ F for two
readings taken 4 hours apart
ξ Decrease in urine output
ξ Bloody urine
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name and phone number with the area code.
The doctor will call you back.
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