Mar 29, 2012 - 3:47 pm
First of all, I feel lucky to have found this discussion board, many caring people who have been through similar circumstances. We recently learned my husband has a 7.5cm mass on left kidney and are experiencing every emotion imaginable. He just turned 50, is healthy, nothing other than colds ever. Two weeks ago, he started urinating blood, then extreme pain set in at night, and we headed to the hospital. By the time we got to the hospital he was in severe pain. They hooked up IV for pain killer and saline, and took him for a cat scan, they were thinking kidney stones, looking for how many and what size. At 3:30 in the morning ER DR came in room to tell us what they learned, you don't have kidney stones, you have a 7.5cm renal mass on left kidney, could be cancerous, needs to be removed. He went through everything it could be, instructed us to go home and call doctor in morning to get referred to specialist ASAP. We were shocked!
After consultations with our primary physician, and 2 Urologists, and another CT with contrast, we are coming to grips (we just kept thinking ER made a mistake) with the only way to treat is full removal of kidney and mass, too large to even consider a partial. We have surgery scheduled 4/5 using da Vinci method. The good news is that it does seem to be contained to his left kidney, no apparent signs of spreading.
We still cannot believe he has to have one of his kidneys removed. I have been trying to research to see if there is anything else we should be asking for treatment or wondering if we should be trying to get into somewhere, John Hopkins, U of M, where partials may be done on a larger size mass, but then we already have been told of the risks of reoccurrence if you don't remove whole kidney. Our Urologist has performed more than 500 da Vinci surgeries with the same team so we do feel lucky that we found the best in our area. We are not savvy in medical at all.
We are wondering about recovery period after surgery with da Vinci. How long did you have to stay in hospital? Some of the posts can't tell if traditional or da Vinci.
Have you found that you are now susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. since removal of the kidney?
We are nervous, scared, thankful (in the grand scheme of possibilities, at least it looks like it is contained, and at least it was found), but still extremely confused. How could this be happening. But then I read many stories on here that others have went through the same and it seems comforting to just write this post. It has only been 2 weeks and we have been through so much between shock of learning, then accepting, then telling friends and family, and this week multiple appts for surgery prep and testing for kidney functionality. Is there more we should be doing?
Thank you for letting me comment........