Jun 12, 2012 - 6:24 pm
Last Tuesday I had a meeting with a Urological Surgeon and he told me that there was a mass on my left kidney. This was found while doing an abdominal CT scan. For the last 6 months I have been having pain in my left abdomen as well as up and down my entire left side. He said because the mass is on the front of my kidney, and that it would be too difficult to get a biopsy on it. However, he was 85% sure it was cancer.
The following day I received a call stating that my surgery is on June 15th. I thought that it was pretty quick. My mother also wanted a second opinion and so we went to a pre-op meeting with the surgeon who was going to assist with the surgery. The surgeon said that he has seen something like this a lot and was 90% sure it is cancer.
From the pictures, the mass may be connected to an artery as well as the urine tube that goes out of the kidney. They are going to do a laproscopic surgery first to see if they can cut out the mass. If not, they will do a full open to try to cut out the mass and if that's not possible, remove the left kidney. The surgeon said it is about an 80% chance that they will have to remove my kidney. They said that they will take their time and surgery will last from 4-8 hours depending on what they have to do.
This is my first time having surgery, so I am freaking out about it. However, my left side pain seems to be getting worse and I am hoping that this surgery will solve that problem. However, my doctor doesn't think the pain is related.
After reading this forum, I have read about so many people who have had the surgery that I feel much better about it. It really hit me when the nurse asked if I had an advance directive or will. I am not ready to die yet.