Mar 08, 2013 - 12:37 pm
Hi, I'm new here and on Feb 10, 2013 I found out i have a 20cm tumor on my right kidney. On Feb 12, 2013 I found out it was stage 3 cancer. I'm scheduled to have an open radical nephrectomy on Monday March. 11,2013. The tumor is attached to my Inferior Vena Cava so they will be taking part of my artery, along with everything else. My cut will go from 6 fingers below my last rib up to my breast, diagonal across the middle then down my left side...my Dr. described it as the "chevron" sign under my breasts. I'm 33, the single parent of 12,8 & 2 year olds, and am expected to be in the hospital for at least 1 week. I've been doing lots of research and everything I've read has me horrified of the pain I'll feel after the surgery. Does anyone have any tips for the first few days after surgery? The Drs told me that I'll have a g tube in my nose down to my abdomen to remove gases, that i have to breathe 10 deep breathes n 2 coughs in the recovery room before i can get transferred to my own room and a button for morphine that i can push to medicate myself, and that on day 2 I'll be expected to get up n walk....I'm terrified but can't show it around my kids & family because they're taking it worse than me. I'm glad i found this group, I'm sure someone here understands how i feel.