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NomadicMike
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The first week of January, I had blood in my urine.  I went to a local urologist hoping that it was just kidney stones...but since I'm here...well you know what they found.  7.5cm x 7.5cm mass in my left kidney on the lower side.

The urologist wanted to do a non robotic laproscopic full nephrectomy the following week.  When he told me, it floored me - as it does all of us.  I had forgotten to mention frequent headaches I've been having for the last several months (3-5 times per week).

So with this additional information, I wanted to get a second opinion, but from a Urologic Oncologist (plus my original dr was out of town when I remembered).  The second doctor ordered cat scans w/contrast of my abdomen and head along with a bone scan.  They came back as neg for metastatic and he said it was still contained.

So today he calls and says it's likely RCC and he wants to do a partial, open, but can't do it until 3 weeks.  Ugghhh!!!  I was hoping to have it done sooner and now I'm freaking out thinking that I'm on the verge of metastasizing and of course waiting for 3 weeks is going be when that happens.

So I have several questions:

1.  Urologist vs a Urologic Oncologist?  My urologist is a board certified surgon, but my orologic oncologist seems to have better credentials and is associated with a teaching hospital.  Should I go with someone that is a little more specialized?  Would a urologist be skilled enough for this scenario?
 
2.  The waiting game.  7.5cm x 7.5cm.  Does the bigger size mass indicate that it's more likely to be on the verge of metastasizing?  Is 3 weeks too long to wait for this size?

3.  Open vs Laproscopic.  Is it worth an open to get a partial vs a laproscopic to get a full? Are open partial nephrectomoy surgeries still common? 
He said it was up to me, but he seemed to prefer open for this size of a partial and I'm leaning on letting him decide this.  I believe he would attempt a partial with robotic laproscopy if I insisted, are they both equally effective?  How often do people need to go back for additional surgery after partials?

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JackieP125
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I was diagnosed with a 3cm tumor in my right kidney (I believe it was in October 2011) and my surgery was postponed until January 5, 2012 - almost 3 months.  I was worried same as you. I was suppose to recieve a partial using the robotic surgery but complications caused the surgeon to open me up at the last minute. As a result I lost my entire right kidney.  I was told that he was glad he took the whole kidney because I had a Grade 3 tumor. Maybe this will help you make your decision. You won't know what Grade your tumor is until you get the path report. 

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Hi Mike,

I'm sorry life brought you here, but there are alot of worse things that could have happened to you.  The surgery is not fun either way, but it may be the only treatment you ever need.  I'll give you my take on your questions.

"1.  Urologist vs a Urologic Oncologist?  My urologist is a board certified surgon, but my orologic oncologist seems to have better credentials and is associated with a teaching hospital.  Should I go with someone that is a little more specialized?  Would a urologist be skilled enough for this scenario?"  Either doc should be skilled enough to do tyhe job right, go with your gut (no pun intended) and pick the one you are most comfortable with.

"2.  The waiting game.  7.5cm x 7.5cm.  Does the bigger size mass indicate that it's more likely to be on the verge of metastasizing?  Is 3 weeks too long to wait for this size?"  While there are extremely rare case where certain types of RCC have advanced in a short time (read Texas Wedge's story) it is far more likely that 3 weeks won't make any difference.  Clear cell is the most likely diagnosis and it is very slow growing and your tumor is small in comparison to many of the members here.  We just heard from a member who had a 22cm tumor removed about a year ago and he is doing fine.  The hardest part about waiting is keeping your mind occupied, I promise the whole ordeal will not be as bad as you imagine it to be.

"3.  Open vs Laproscopic.  Is it worth an open to get a partial vs a laproscopic to get a full? Are open partial nephrectomoy surgeries still common?"  No easy choice here, recovery and healing time are about 1/2 as long for a lap, but keeping part of the kidney might certainly outway that.  Life with one is not much different than life with two, but no longer having a spare is a concern.  Mine was a full lap (partial was not an option), knowing what I know today, if I had been given a choice I think I would have opted for the partial.  You get cooler body art from an open, but you will be fine either way.

Bottom line, make the decision you are most comfortable with and don't look back.  If you haven't already, you should be preparing yourself for surgery now, start exercising and drinking plenty of water now and continue to do so post surgery, it will pay off in a shorter and easier recovery.  Keep us posted and we'll help you through it.

Good luck and Godspeed,

Gary

 

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holy double post batman!

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I started with (massive) urine in my blood, to massive pain in the kidney area just 2 hours later. I'll just link to my original story since it's so long...but to make a long story short, orginal doc wanted to wait 2 weeks for surgery, but complications forced the issue, found a new doc, and I had the kidney out just 6 days after being diagnosed with a 7.1cm tumor of the right kidney. Ended up with a "hand assisted" laporoscopic surgery. Meaning there was one larger (2.5" to 3") incision that he used to pull the kidney out, intact in one large mass, along with the three smaller cuts for the tools and camera.  I too was majorly concerened about the time frame for surgery, but all the docs assured me that 2-3 weeks was "nothing" on the timeline of this cancer, that the tumor had been growing for years. Still, I had doubts and wanted that damn thing out of me as fast as possible. At 7.5cm x 7.5cm, I doubt keeping any part of your kidney is possible unless it is growing on the outside surface, mine had tried to split my kidney in two and was the reason for the massive bleeding since it trespassed into the main duct in the kidney.

 

I HIGHLY recommend laporoscopic, if you can find a doc to do it that way. Recovery is faster, less scars, out of hospital sooner, etc. It's no easy surgery by any means, but as many here can attest, it's just the price of admission to this somewhat special club. Be forward thinking, be positive. To paraphrase a famous movie, "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick cancer's a55, and I'm all out of bubblegum."

 

My original story in full, at the end of a LONG thread, with TONS of great info, I think you should read this one, it was the first I found after a google search. 

 

The post is titled "well on my way to recovery"  http://csn.cancer.org/node/170619#comment-1314645 my post is almost to the very bottom.

todd121
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Hi Mike,

I'm pretty new here. I had the same symptoms as you late November and had my right kidney removed December 10th. Like you, I wanted it out ASAP. My tumor was 6.8 cm. On the original CT scan (no contrast) they said it was in the lower pole, but on the second one with contrast it was actually in the lower pole but also up into the middle of the kidney. Because mine had grown into the center of the kidney where all the blood supply comes in, there was no way to get it out and save any part of the kidney. I had what they call a combination laprascopy. It was a lap, but I needed a really large incision to get the kidney out. They wanted it out whole so it had clean margins and to maintain the tumor for pathology.

With regards to your questions. I had a urologic oncologist at a teaching hospital also. I think he did a great job. He'd done lots of them. I didn't much care for the hospital as far as the nursing and support staff goes (it's associated with a university), but my surgeon was excellent.

You can read up on staging information on a website like the kidney cancer association. Size is one of the criteria for the stage. However, even a small tumor in the wrong place can turn a stage 1 tumor into a stage 3, because stage 3 has to do with whether or not the tumor invaded the veins or not and how far it got into the vein. I wouldn't worry aobut 3 week waiting time. I read that these tumors grow between 0.1 and 0.8 cm per year, so it's been there like at least 7 years. 3 weeks isn't going to matter. You'll have to wait for the pathology report to find out your prognosis. With me, they thought it was a stage 1 going into the surgery, but my tumor had started to grow into the veins both macroscopically and microscopically, and that made me a stage 3. Also, there's something called Fuhrman grade which they won't know until you have your path report. This is basically how abnormal the cells are, which translates to how aggressive the cancer might be at spreading. It's a number from 1-4, where 1 is more normal and 4 is the most abnormal and most aggressive. Also, they usually can't tell what kind of cancer it is until they get it out. There are different types, even though clear cell RCC is the most common and that's what most of us have. That's what I have.

I don't understand why you have to have an open surgery to get a partial. I thought they did partials laprascopically also. If you can save part of your kidney, it'd be great to do it. I haven't heard of anybody having a partial with that large of a tumor. You want to make sure they get it all and have good margins. When I found out I had that large of a tumor in my kidney, I wanted that kidney gone. I didn't push on the partial idea,

With regards to the full nephrectomy, my surgeon indicated that the studies showed that a lap was as good or better an outcome as an open. We didn't talk about partials, so I don't know about that.

Wish you the best of luck. Write all your questions down and take somebody with you to all the meetings with the doctor so you make sure you get all the information you need to make a decision.

Todd

 

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1 ~ When my husband was diagnosed he was immediately referred to a Renal Concologist which is what I would recommend because they specialize in Kidney Cancer even when it was metastasized.

2 ~ He had his taken out a month after his dx and I asked the same question you are. His Renal Oncologist at Duke said that would not make a difference in it spreading more. I have a little on his history below because his had already metastasized.

3 ~ His recommended taking the entire kidney while he was in there and his was done laproscopic.

 

I hope this helps a little and good luck on your journey. I'll be praying for you.

Karen

2/18/12-DX with Stage IV RCC that had Metastacized to his Lungs

3/15/12- Husband had left radical nephroectomy

5/3/12- Started Votrient

8/5/12- Scans showed a reduction in size of lung nodules

10/19/12-Scans showed reduction in lung nodules had doubled in size and he had new spots as well

10/27/12-Started on Afinitor (he had his worst side effects on this)

1/10/13-Hospitalized due to Malignant Pleural Effusion. Came off of Afinitor and 2 spots on his right lung had doubled in size. Had a pleurax catheter put in for drainage at home.

1/19/13-Started Inlyta (he goes back to the doctor this week for blood work but won't have scans for at least another month, the only side effect he has had is extremely tired. Let's hope it stays that way).

2/8/13-He has an appointment with his Renal Oncologist and Pulmonary about the pleural effusion. He really wants the pleurax out so I am praying they get it out. J

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I really appreciate the information and support from everyone. I'm feeling a lot better about not worrying about the 3 week delay and it turns out that may be better for me because now I'm coming down with a cold!  I think my cold is from not sleeping because I'm a bit of an emotional wreck.

I go in today for a pre-op visit.  Maybe the dr there can give me something to help with that.  Is that a common experience too?

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The emotional roller coaster is completely normal and will likely last until well past the surgery.  The words "You have cancer and you need surgery." take awhile to sink in and once they do it takes awhile longer to come to terms with it.  By all means ask your doc, they can help.

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I did get a script for xanax and lunesta yesterday and had the best night of sleep in a while.

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For tomorrow's appointment!

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Hi. This is my first time posting. I am 57 years old had been diagnosed with a herniated disk many years ago.  This past summer it really started to hurt and the orthopedist sent me for an MRI which discovered a 11CM tumor on my left kidney   I had laproscoptic surgery a month later. The tumor was 11CM T3a Grade 3.  Apparently it had been there for 6-8 years.  I had no symtoms.  The surgery wasn't that bad.  I felt like crap but about a week but was back at work in three weeks.  It was clear that the wait wasn't going to increase the risk of metasis  I think the most important thing is to feel confortable for your surgeon. You dont get your prognosis for about a week after the surgery.

 

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But the doc said they normally wouldn't normally delay surgery for a cold.  I'm worried because I'm coughing and I've read that coughing/sneezing can be painful with our types of surgery - and I would assume worse with an open vs lap surgery.  Any thoughts?

 

Also, that leads me to questions about pain management.  What do they normally perscribe for pain once you're home?  I've read several different types of drugs, but wasn't sure if there was a preferred one or what the advantages/disadvantages are.  I do not have an addictive personality, so I'm not afraid of anything in that regard.

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Yeah...coughing and sneezing suck, squeezing a pillow tightly over the area does help.

They will be working on pain management while you are in the hospital and its important for you to communicate how you feel, you don't want them to assume what you are getting is working.  Pain seems to be an individual thing, some need hardly anything while for others the pain lingers for several weeks.  You will probably have a morphine pump to start out and then be switched to oral meds after a day or so, stay proactive until you find something that works, for me it was percocet.  One more thing, don't be macho and try to tuff it out, that just slows done the recovery process you'll want to stay in front of it and take your meds on time.  Again, walking early and often and drinking plenty of water will serve you well in getting past it.  GOOD LUCK!!

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You actually want to cough. Well, you want your lungs clear. It's important after surgery to do the deep breathing exercises they suggest and to cough good when you need it. You don't want fluid in your lungs and you want to cough it out and keep the lungs inflated all the way down so no bugs start to grow. It's tempting to not cough because of the pain, but do it anyway.

For me, pain meds are a big problem because I get nauseous on morphine and similar drugs and the anti-nausea medication doesn't help a bit. Because of that, they gave me tramadol in the hospital (after they gave me morphine the first night, ignoring my note about being sensitive to it, which caused me to have a lot of vomiting following my surgery). Tramadol worked well for me. I went home with it, but probably only took it 2-3 days. I was off all pain meds by day 4 or 5.

Xanax can be addictive and even in a short time you can develop a tolerance to it. For me, I noticed that when I take it for anxiety, when it wears off my anxiety feels a bit worse, so I've been trying to avoid it. I do take it from time to time when I'm too anxious to sleep.

I had 2 post-surgery issues that really bothered me. One was about 2-3 days after surgery I was urinating and air started coming out. What a weird sensation. I got panicky thinking the doc forgot to tie off my ureter and the air they pumped in my belly was coming out through my bladder. (For the laprascopy they use a machine that inflates your abdomen). It turned out that some air got in my bladder probably from the catheter they inserted prior to the surgery. This situation did clear up after a few days. I think this is very uncommon, so I wouldn't worry about that.

The second issue had to do with bowel movements. The stuff they use to put you to sleep evidently knocks your intestines out for a few days and it takes quite a few days for them to wake up. This is very common. In fact, I think everybody experiences this. My surgery was Monday at noon and I didn't have a bowel movement of any kind until Friday night. My surgeon sent me home before I was even having any bowel sounds, and I guess this is the norm now. Eating and not having BMs for 4-5 days made me pretty nervous. You don't want to use harsh laxatives because then you'll get the opposite problem. Use a stool softener with a very mild laxative and drinks lots of water and walk a lot after your surgery. This is good for that. I was walking Tuesday morning just to the door, and in the afternoon I was walking down the hall. By the next day I spent most of my day walking gently around as much as I could, even though I had to push myself. I think it's very good for you to do that.

Todd

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Another very important thing to keep in mind if or while you are taking major pain killers such as Oxycodone, Percocet (Oxycodone plus Acetaminophen), Vicodin, or Tramadol, etc.

All of them will cause constipation.  So it is very important that you simulatneously take a laxative (such as Mirolax) to counteract this side effect.  Discuss this with your doctor or a good gastrointerologist to decide what the best strategy is to deal with this issue.

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I think everyone will have a slightly different issues, post surgery...  I had a lot of pain, but found out I could get it adjusted... that worked.. As far as body functions go, I had a lot of gas the next day, and asked for a bed pan... only gas, but the second day, I asked to go to the bathroom, and they brought me a porta potty... success...!!  All was fine after that... well not all.. but I was regular...

The staff will let you know when it is time to get up and walk... DO IT..!  The sooner you get mobile the sooner you likely get to go home.

Oh yes, depending on how big the incision, I had major pain when they moved the bed back up or down.. SLOW was the key... but then I had a very large opening...

Give us an update when you get out...

Ron

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This may be a bit more relevant to you, cause you seem young.   But I guess all guys who have the surgery (mine was 13 years back) come out sore and are concerned about "the functioning" of the "apparatus" down there.

 

Well, about 2 weeks or so after my surgery, I was spending a lot of time watching old movies on TCN.  One of these was "Nanootchka," with Greta Garbo.  It is from the 30s I think.  Anyhow there is a kissing scene in it which is pretty "hot" by the 1930s standards.  I was watching it and suddenly, and I put this in clean terms, the "soldier" saluted.  It was a great moment!   The long dead Greta Garbo had saved my post-surgery sex life!

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Thanks for sharing your story!

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Hi Mike,

I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last Christmas eve and the next available surgery date was 2 weeks away.  My surgeon wanted to do an open partial on me to attempt to save the top half of the kidney but had to take the whole kidney after he saw how large the tumor really was. Then he found another cancer under the kidney in the fatty tissue so to me it is good he had good visibility of the area. 

I have thought about the difference between laproscopic and open surgery and have concluded that in my case I am glad my surgery was open.  Now, again, this is my personal opinion not based on any research or facts, but have you ever tried to pull a dirty rag through a pipe and not have some of the dirt fall off outside the pipe.  That is my concept of taking a cancer tumor out with a small vacuum pipe.  I know that the open surgery is harder on you and takes longer to heal but knowing that the tumor came out in one piece gives me solace that there was no part of the tumor accidentally left inside me.  I now feel much better that my chance of recurrance or having the cancer move to anther location is diminished significantly. I will take the additional time to heal and the nausea I am experiencing for the added peace of mind. 

I wish you the best in your surgery it is not fun and learning how much you use your abdominal muscles after the fact is an interesting surprise.  

Ron

 

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I'm feeling more and more confident and comfortable in my doctor's abilities and I've decided to go with his recommendation.  What a huge relief that was!

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CSN Peeps,

I'm at a loss for words at the moment, but I at least wanted to thank you all for being here and supporting me and everyone else just when we need it.  I'm driving into UCLA tomorrow from Palm Springs, then surgery scheduled for Wednesday.

Talk to you all post-op!

xoxo

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Just when you thought you would bum around in life. Now everything gets serious. My surgery was only a couple days after ending up in the ER. No anxious waiting for me. You'll be in and out quickly. At least you don't live in New England with all the snow shoveling ahead of you. Let us know how you do.

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Mike,

Like garym our surgeries were before many of the special options such as a Robot (R2D2) or parials. Frrom reading many posts it appears that there are honest differences of opinion on how to attaack the beast. You are at a large medical school and that is one factor in your favor. Take it easy after surgery for a few days and then  join me and others later in helping the newbies who are overwhelmed by the diagnosis and surgery right out of the gate. Now a days most of us are winning the battle and at 7.5 cm things should be fine, but there may be some follow up down the road. At 3 or 4 cm the odds of a full recovery can almost be guaranteed from the surgerry alone. I still see that full recovery in your future.

 

Icemantoo

todd121
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Hope everything goes well for you. We're in the same neck of the woods. Had my surgery at UCI and now going to City of Hope for my followups.

Please update us after you're rested.

Todd

LKidd
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I hope it went well, let us know the outcome. I think by now you are on your way to a full recovery.

love_of_my_life
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Mike,

You are in our prayers.  My wife went through this last summer and had her kidney removed.

She is back to normal.

Tom and Holly

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The Dr said the surgery went well.  It was not laproscopic, but open.  He said it was the best method for my scenario and I do trust him.  It was a little bigger than they thought: 8cm, but they were still able to do a partial because it was all on the lower part.  He said he saved 60% of my left kideny, which was suprising to hear.  And I hope to remain grateful for that. 

Here's the basic timeline:

Wednesday 12:15 surgery, then that late afternoon/evening mostly sleeping. Unfortunately the pre-op epidural didn't work and I got nervous with a second attempt so they said they can control it post op with pain meds.  Now I kinda wished that I allowed them a second try.

Thursday: Hazy - I had the PCA drip of dilaudid - they started me on .1ml every 7 minutes.  That wasn't enough, so they put it up to .3ml. which was enough to make me be comfortably numb.  Clear liquid diet.  Got up out of bed and walked around the room a bit because the Docs were adamant about walking being a key to waking up your bowels, which I still do believe is true.

Friday: Solid food diet.  They took me off the drip and started my oral pain meds to get me ready to go home.  I wanted to get off the dilaudid as well because it started making my skin itch all over.  Started walking around the ward - maybe 300 feet total.  Throughout the day, they tried different orals, but the pain in my bowels started getting worse than the surgery site.  They wanted to check me out, but because of the pain I insisted on staying.  That evening was mostly sleepless and I was writhing in pain.

Saturday moring 5am: I was convinced that there was something wrong because my bowels were so painful.  I was actually moaning most of the time.  The doctors came in at 7:30am and were confident it was just gas and assured me that once I started passing gas, that pain would go away.  Late that morning, I did finally pass some gas and they were right!  I was so relieved both physically and emotionally!  So feeling pretty good, I decided to check out.  Stayed at a local hotel since my home is 2 hours away from the hospital.

Sunday morning: had a friend drive me back home.  This kinda messed me up.  Two hours of bumpy roads in a noisy convertible sports car was exhausting - even just as a passenger. Plus my friend is not a very good driver, so I was a nervous wreck and had my eyes closed most of the time!  lol  When I got home, I fell asleep and didn't take my pain pills and wasn't eating or drinking.  Big mistake.  Realized late that evening, that I hadn't urinated all day. Just went downhill from there - lots of cold sweats and not much sleeping.

Monday: I started on focusing on keeping ahead of the pain with the pills, drinking water and prune juice, eating fruit and walking around.  Had homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner - yum!

Tuesday: had my first bowel movement!

So, I'm getting better and better.  Now just waiting for the biopsy report.

 

Thanks again everyone for all of the support!  It really is nice to have.

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 Making your way through it sensibly and learning from experience too!  Do share the pathology report when you have it Mike (but you don't need to go into further detail about your bowel movements - too much information). 

Every day from now on should be better and better, but do make sure you stay ahead of the pain!

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I only mentioned the bowel stuff because I think it's a fairly common experience that people should know about before surgery.  Especially the pain part.  Because I didn't know this when it was happening to me, I freaked myself out by thinking something was seriously wrong.

Here's something else I learned today: my oral meds are percocet and I'm almost out.  I have 5 left, but I think I'll need another 3-4 days worth which would be 15-20 for me.

They can't fax or call in scripts for that drug and there's no way I'm making that four hour drive to get back to the hospital to get more. :-(

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Good job Mike! Great that they saved so much kidney. You should be able to get your local Dr to write the script for you. Definitely worth taking it for a while. And yes, the plumbing takes a while to get back to normal. Despite every effort you will take to get back to normal, your body has been seriously insulted. Your nervous system will be in a protective mode until it accepts the changed neural input as normal. You can't rush it. Sort of like deciding to learn guitar in a month when all you have ever done is play the kazoo. It takes time. Keep it up. Fox.

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i had my nephrectomy (radical) the same day as yours.  mine was rough as well, but not as rough as your's sounds.  that first bowel movement is a big relief.

 

todd121
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I couldn't take pain meds like percocet. They called in a prescription for tramadol for me which I think is easier to get. It worked well for me. I went home with it too.

But then I was pretty much off the pain meds 3-4 days after going home. I found moving slow and steady worked pretty well to control the pain. I mainly took them at night because moving around in bed is pretty painful for the first couple of weeks.

Glad you're home and it went well, and glad to see you back!

Todd

LKidd
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See Mike, you did great! I am following your story. Got on a little after you, they are still figuring out what my tumor is, in the beginning I was headed for surgery like you but that has all changed - see LKidd for details, if you are interested that is. I am sure you have other things to take care of right now, like getting better.

So glad all turned out well. See, worried but it went well and you are a week past it already. On your way to a full recovery. Nice! Keep taking good care of yourself and you will continue to heal.

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