I had my right kidney removed February 14th this year (2011) due to kidney cancer (Stage 3). It took me along time to recover from the operation but I was back at work within 4 weeks. Walking (gradually more ever day or 2) helped me alot and keeping my water intake up as well. I had a large bulge appear about 3-4 months after the operation just above where my kidney used to be. My surgeon said it a hernia and will need surgery to remove it. This was caused by over exertion before the healing was not finished. I am a Tenor tuba player and use my diaphragm alot and went back to it to early I was told. I still have the bulge but no pain so far. I will be going in for my 2nd appointment (I was cleared on my first) in about 1 more month or 2 and are hoping for more good news. I was also told I will have to have my gall bladder removed but this is because of too many stones and not for cancer (just another operation sheesh).