May 29, 2013 - 4:23 am
I am writing to tap into the collective wisdom of fellow survivors and ask for some advice regarding recovery from surgery. I received an open partial nephrectomy on my right side, as well as an appendectomy on 5/23/13. I was discharged from the hospital after about 3-4 days.
I am currently experiencing a lot of swelling and assymetry with my abdominal muscles on the right side. I have been walking around, but the swelling has only increased. In addition, I noticed some bruising on my penis today, which was not caused by getting hit or sexual activity, I went to follow up, on this basis, with the Doctor and his staff today. I was told that the patch to my abdominal muscles was created by layering 3 layers of muscle together and stitching through. It was then suggested that, as a result, it would take some time for my abdominal muscles to function well, and that swelling or even some deformation would persist.
I would like to ask whether anything about my experience, as described above, is similar to any of the other survivors on the board? I would appreciate any advice that can be offered regarding the swellling and muscle repair problems I am currently having. I would like to actively aid in my own recovery, so please provide any worthwhile plans that you followed or drew upon.