Dec 05, 2012 - 12:03 am
On October 22, 2012, I arrived at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. To have a 1 cm Chromophobe Cancer removed from my right kidney. Dr. Allaf and his great team removed the cancer using a robot in a laparscopic procedure. This was a major surgery, but less invasive, I have seven small cuts on my abdomine, the largest, about 1 1/2". The surgery only lasted 11/2 hours, I stayed at the hospital 2 nights, because I live a distance away.
I cannot understand it, but I have had NO pain, not in the hospital, of course, I had an IV with meds there, but have not taken any med for pain since leaving the hospital. My biggest complaint, if any, is I get tired and need to rest quicker then I did prior to surgery, but everyday gets better.
I visited my doctor for post op last week, he told me I can get back to normal duties. He told me he got all the cancer and I still have 90% of my kidney. I will need to have a scan in one year.
I am very thankful first of all to God, for helping doctors in my hometown order a MRI, that showed the cancer, something they were not even looking for. I am also very thankful for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr Allaf who had the knowledge to perform a robotic surgery.
I am a 66 year old grandmother, I am glad to have my life back.