Jun 03, 2013 - 7:42 pm
Hi friendly, helpful, new friends out there, I decided that today was the day to look around to find information on what to expect after my RCC surgery. It looks like I found the right place. My left open partial nephrectomy is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, and I may not be prepared for the road ahead. The last time I spent the night in a hospital was in 1985, for eye surgery, and having had only somewhat minor out-patient procedures since, I'm guessing that recovery this time around will be more challenging.
From what I've seen posted, like a few other people, I "fortuitously" (according to my hematologist) found out about the kidney tumor after undergoing a CT scan due to stomach/GI issues. The first urologist I saw decided, since the tumor was less than 2 cm I should just wait and monitor the situation over the next six months, see you again in three. If surgery is indicated, the whole kidney will have to go, but we would possibly try cryosurgery or radio frequency first. I wasn't keen on that, and neither was the hematologist who ordered the CT and is also an oncologist, so off I went for a second opinion. Urologist number two said, "Why wait?" and that a partial nephrectomy was possible. So, that's what I've decided to do.
Everything was fine inside my head until I started looking over what people are saying recovery entails and now I'm beginning to think I may have underestimated my snappy come-back. So, I guess I won't be skipping out of the hospital on day 4 after the surgery??