Apr 03, 2012 - 1:34 am
My husband had a radical nephrectomy from Stage 1 kidney cancer this past August. He almost immediately started developing a huge bulge - NOT a hernia. After a CT scan in October it was determined he has a denervation, flank bulge due to the nerves not regenerating from the flank incision. The muscle wall has thinned out and cannot hold back the 'gut'. The bulge is the size of a soccer ball at present. It literally is his 'guts' sticking out of his right side. Has anyone else had this 'side effect' for which we were NEVER warned about? We are not finding any help. One doctor said that a mesh can be used and they attach it to his ribs and pelvis (sometimes the spine) to support the side. But it restricts your movement and it feels like a brick is in your side and can cause more pain. The doctor also said that most docs stopped doing this procedure due to its poor outcome. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm sorry that some of you will be frightened by this and I'm sorry but I'm looking for answers.