It's great to see that so many folks are doing well after their surgery. My open partial neph was in September last year and healing has been fairly straightforward. Huge scar, but pretty cute as scars go! After my 6 month checkup some new cysts have showed up on ultrasound, and there is a solid mass at the rim of the remaining part of the kidney. I'm really worried about this, as my pathology results originally revealed a benign Mertanephric Adenoma, and apparently they don't grow back (not much is known about this tumour and they are still very rare). There were positive margins after my surgery, but no-one seemed concerned.
So now it's back to the CT scans, bloodwork and general poking and prodding. I have a bulge still near the incision which is apparently not a hernia but just nerve and muscle damage, but it aches like hell and looks weird. Apart from that, and the constant tiredness, things are going great and I'm back working full time.
I would really appreciate your encouragement and good thoughts!!!