I had my left kidney removerd along with my ureter. How do I live with the one kidney? What to and not to do?

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To live with one kidney is not something that is particularly concerning. For most, one kidney is enough, as evidenced by kidney transplant patients living a healthy life!

What to do: Regularly check-up with your nephrologist to monitor the function of the remaining kidney.

What not to do:

1) Do not take any medications without consulting your doctor first, especially painkillers.

2) Do not ignore your blood pressure and blood sugar level control, if you do have high blood pressure and diabetes respectively.

3) Do not get traumas to your back or abdomen. Try your best to avoid it.
Kidneys filter out waste and extra fluid from blood so it can be excreted from the body in urine. One kidney can filter enough blood to keep the body functioning normally, with a premise of protecting the kidney.

What to do:

1. eat a healthy diet.

2. exercise regularly (but avoid contact sports, such as boxing, football, hockey, martial arts, rugby, soccer, wrestling and so on).

3. maintain a healthy weight.

4. stay hydrated.

5. maintain a normal blood pressure and blood sugar (managing high blood pressure or diabetes if they develop).

6. see your doctor least once a year for checkups.

7. measure blood pressure regularly.

What not to do:

1. avoid medications that can be harmful, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

2. absorb the excessive amount of sodium, phosphorous, and protein in the diet.

3. do not smoke or drink alcohol.
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