Apr 11, 2013 - 4:17 pm
Hello everyone! This place is so friendly and welcoming and I've enjoyed reading your posts, so I decided to join. But mostly because I would like the next young person like myself to have as much information available to them as possible.
At the end of January, I saw a chiropractor who took an Xray and found a calcification in my abdomen. 2+ months later and many tests, turns out I have a 2.6 X 3 cm renal mass (partially calcified). They say it is completely inside the kidney, but in the fatty part. It only looks like it is slightly close to the renal pelvis, but will not know until they go in. I have no pain and am very healthy.
I am seeing a urologist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. I have done more research these past 2 months than my total college career, and I am confident in my doctor's choice. We have decided to do a robotic partial nephrectomy. I have not gone for a second opinion. I want this out. I am nervous to see if it could be malignant, she told me I have a 25% chance it is not cancer.
My situation is very rare, and so I have not been able to find much (barly ANY) statistics or information on cases of patients my age. Does anyone know any information that might help me out? I would aslo like to know if there will be a bump/buldge/lump left on my stomach from this as I have read from others. Has anyone else had a robotic partial? Has anyone had surgery at Jefferson?
I don't think this is an emergency, but my doctor said she would like to take it out sooner than later. My surgery is scheduled for Apr 18th. My boyfriend and I had a "free" cruise & flight we won scheduled for the 26th of April. We weren't able to change dates or get our money back (for the taxes) and now we can't go on the cruise :( Makes this all more frustrating!