Sep 13, 2011 - 6:24 pm
Just an update - my surgery was Friday, DaVinci robotic laparoscopic for a 3cm tumor in my left kidney. The surgeon was able to remove the tumor and keep the kidney, it took 28 minutes (he had told me the time limit for clamping off blood flow to the kidney is 30 minutes). The whole surgery took 4 hours. I don't remember much, naturally. I did have a lot of nausea afterward, and I received meds and a patch for that. I was supposed to go home Saturday, but due to my low hemoglobin and the drain not slowing down they kept me another day. I got a blood transfusion on Sunday.
I was able to get up the day after surgery and walk around, but there was a lot of discomfort and some pain. But the worst part of the whole thing was the problems I was having with my iv.
My doctor went away for the weekend, but he called me in the hospital on Saturday to check on me. I don't remember the conversation. I see him on Friday for a followup and to get the results of the pathology report.
Yesterday, my first full day home, I had a lot of nausea and vomiting, and a low grade fever, but when I woke up today I felt like a new person. No pain, just some soreness, no nausea, no fever. Four days post surgery and I am able to go for short walks, go up and down stairs, shower and eat. I have 7 small incisions.
I consider myself very lucky that this was caught early, that I had an excellent surgeon, that I was a candidate for robotic surgery, and that my hospital care was excellent.