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A 25-year-old member asked:

how long till i can shower after a perc kidney surgery? average time till the weeping at surgical site should stop?

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Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 36 years experience
Answer Varies: If you are talking about placement of a percutaneous tube into your kidney, you can typically cover them and shower immediately. Some docs will allow you to shower right over exiting tubes and drains. If they are laparoscopic wounds, typically ok after a day or two. "weeping" seems like a lot of drainage. Should have settled in 2-3 days after surgery. You need to check with your surgeon.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Soon: If small incisions and sealed, can shower almost immediately. Drainage should be minimal, or none. If very much, see the surgeon. If fever, smell, pain see now!

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