Oct 10, 2013 - 8:26 am
Hi, I have a rare type of sarcoma which started from a tumour in my kidney and I am due to have a laparoscopic radical nephrectomy next Monday. The surgeon says it should be fairly straightforward as far as these things go. I don't post much on this board because I don't have RCC but I was hoping some of you might be able to tell me what you know about the typical experience of pain and recovery time after a laparoscopic procedure. I know some of you have had and are having particularly difficult recoveries. My oncologist and surgeon are fairly blase; they say it is easier than the chemo cycles I have just completed, which, while not painful, were deeply miserable (mostly due to fatigue, weakness and some painful side effects) and took about a month before I felt at all well.
I am in the UK, not the US, where the official health service average statistics are 11 days to return to normal activity, 14 days to return to work after a laparoscopic nephrectomy. I also need to start a course of intensive physical therapy to deal with some neurological side effects, travel on public transport to get to my place of treatment for daily radiotherapy, and, as soon as possible, fly to the United States. None of this sounds very realistic to me.
Would be grateful to anyone who had time to share their thoughts.