Sep 07, 2013 - 10:34 pm
I didn't want to tack my question onto the very recent thread by another poster.
I have a 50/50 chance of having an open procedure rather than laparoscopic. I think the surgeon was being generous with the 50/50 and more than likely an open because of the size of my tumor and right nephrectomy.
I do have a someone staying with me for the 24 hours at home (either a friend who is a retired nurse, or a relative). I am wondering if I will be able to manage on my own after that. I would have people checking in on me various times during the day and helping, but I am not sure if they would be willing to stay more nights. I do think they would if they have to. Just worried about being able to get up on my own to the bathroom. Would a walker be a good thing to have?
Did your doctors give you good pain meds to take at home?
Any positions that make it easier to get out of bed with an open?
How soon do they get you up and walking for an uneventful open?