percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

Q | after the operation

A | The kidney drainage tube is clamped the following morning and if all is well, removed the following day with the bladder catheter. You should be aiming to leave hospital on this second day with a large dressing pad over the operation wound site. It is normal for this to leak, sometimes quite dramatically, for 24-48hrs and so may require further dressing. You will be given regular, as well as stronger painkiller tablets as and when you need them.