Jan 01, 2012 - 1:34 pm
In a couple of weeks or so I'll be meeting up with my urology consultant to plan follow-up scans and blood tests. So far I know very little about the findings from my op. other than the fact that the tumour was malignant and that "it has the appearance of being completely removed by this surgery." I guess he'll tell me whether it was RCC and, if so, what type. He's a highly intelligent man and happy to give straight answers to any question thrown at him but I'm not sure what to ask. My Wife will also be with me and will undoubtedly think of questions I wouldn't come up with (she's a qualified clinical psychologist with a doctorate in neuropsychology and other qualifications).
I want to make best possible use of the time with him so what should my questions be?
(I had a radical right nephrectomy on 5th Dec. which was planned as lap. He knew it would be tricky, being on the right, bottom end and hard onto my small intestine. In the event there was a lot more bleeding than anticipated with substantial blood transfusions and the op. had to be completed by open surgery, resulting in an incision that ran between 1/4 and 1/3 of the way round my waist. I was in hospital for 6 nights.)
So far my recovery has been textbook, thanks in part to sound advice, particularly from my new golfing buddies foxhd and garym. I'm down from 100mg. of morphine daily + high doses of paracetamol (you probably know it as acetaminophen or Tylenol or Panadol or Lemsip .....) to 20mg. of morphine, with Co-codamol (paracetamol + codeine phosphate) to use if/when I need it. I expect to be completely off all painkillers in the next two or three days and will celebrate by driving for the first time post-op. and having a welcome glass of red wine (not at the same time though!).
There's a lot of hard-earned wisdom on this board, so I'm asking: What were you told at this stage, what were the questions you asked and what were the questions you wished you'd asked but didn't think of?!
Thanks in anticipation of your help and a Happy New Year to one and all.