Sep 06, 2012 - 9:49 pm
Hi everyone -
I wanted to post to say I've read many of your posts over the last few weeks and they have really helped to understand this diagnosis and give us piece of mind that this is hopefully just a "bump" in the road.
I am not the patient - I am the caregiver. My husband, age 56, was diagnosed with a 1.5cm mass on his right kidney a few weeks ago during an ER visit for an unrelated stomach issue (which turned out to just be a virus). He will have a partial nephrectomy a week from today (Sept. 13th). They plan to do the surgery laproscopically using a robot.
The surgeon says he will be in the hospital "a couple of days". I'm curious how long most of you were hospitalized. My husband thinks he's having surgery on Thursday and coming home on Friday. I suppose that's possible but I told him he shouldn't get his hopes up! Then again, he's in excellent shape - he runs a couple of marathons a year and probably thinks he will bounce back with no trouble. I had my gallbladder removed laproscopically 1.5 years ago and bounced back pretty quickly. I went skiing in Colorado five weeks after surgery. I have no idea if having part of your kidney removed is more involved than gallbladder surgery.
I will post again after surgery and when we have staging/grading (although I assume it's going to be stage 1).