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Surgery's over....phew!!!

JennyDra
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So my husband had his robotic surgery yesterday. It was tough waiting for it all to be over. The doctor said it went really well and he didn't lose any blood at all. When he finally made it back to the room he was a bit out of it but came around quite quickly. He has one larger incision and four very small holes.

The had to remove the whole kidney in the end because of the mass's location. But i think we were prepared for that. He hasn't really had pain. Just a bit of discomfort. But I am sure that is because of the meds. they made him get up and walk today too. But not too much. the doctor said it would be about two weeks before the biopsy results came back . I am just glad the surgery went well and hes not having pain.

 

i just wanted to thank you all for  all your support and all your information. Thank you all. I hope this turns out to be just one of life's little speed bumps. I am trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time. Hope you are all well 

JennyDra
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Just a quick question? Did anyone have spiked fever after their surgery either robotic or open??? my husband has a bit of fever and was wounding if it's to be expected. The nurses got in touch with the doctor and he has given him a paracetamol drip. I am just hoping its nothing to be worried about.

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icemantoo
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Jenny,

 

Now that the surgery is over your husband is entitled to all of the perks of membership in our club, whatever they are. Some of the members have had fevers, make sure this is followed up with.

 

One of the bonuses of the pain medications is that they make you constipated. No one in their right mind wants to be constipated a week after their neph. Inquire about a stool softener now or when he is discharged.

 

He should be ready for Pizza and beer for the Superbowl (only a taste).

 

Icemantoo

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sblairc
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Try not to worry about fever, you are EXACTLY where to be if there is indeed cause for concern. Try not to worry, please! What I learned after my husband's robotic surgery is that the nurses and doctors will take EXCELLENT care of him and you will be OK TOO!! I remember where you are like it was yesterday, I know what it feels like to be in your shoes. They tylenol should help reduce the fever. Keep us updated, and I hope you are taking care of yourself. 

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Allochka
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Congratulations! With 4.5 cm tumor there are all chances that ir will be just a bump on the road!

My fiance had raised temperature towards evenings for several days after surgery

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APny
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I'm so glad it's over and he's doing well without much pain. Hope the fever subsides and as said above, don't worry about it too much; he's in good hands and they'll do all they can to bring it down.

JennyDra
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The doctor cam by to see him and said he needs to walk a lot more tomorrow and do breathing exercises to avoid pneumonia. That was kind of scary but maybe that will give him an extra push to start walking more. Bit of a temperature tonight again but the nurses have been fantastic. hopefully tomorrow he will be feeling slightly better And we can get a release date at last. 

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Footstomper
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Youve seen it through. Well done. When you think of the scale of the surgery needing a bit of paracetamol is a real result! I got a morphine drip (not that I'm complaining). Home soon.

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sblairc
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Yes, keep on him for the breathing exercises they are important but definately a STANDARD procedure. Anyone that is sedated under intubation does these to keep the lungs moving after being under anesthetic, they help prevent post operative issues. 

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Jojo61
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Hurray!!

So glad that it is out and now behind you! I am sure your husband will be feeling great in no time - I know you will be taking good care of him!

 

Hugs,

Jojo

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APny
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Absolutely do the breathing exersizes. I continued doing them for weeks after I got home. Also make sure he drinks a lot of water (if allowed, which I'm sure by now it is) and walks, walk, and walks, some more. Hope he's released home soon! 

JennyDra
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today things seem to be a lot better. Husband is walking a lot more. Fever has passed too and also some minor discomfort he was having. Doctor said we can go home on Friday. He is very happy to stay till then as they're taking very good care of him here. just glad he is feeling better. 

 

thanks again to everyone on here....your support and kind words make such a difference. 

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Jan4you
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Glad to hear the operation is over and he is doing so well!

I bet you are relieved too.

Keep us posted. I had the same size and lost the whole kidney due to the position of the tumor.

I am NED (no evidence of disease) a year later!!

We'll be here for you..

Warmly, Jan

JennyDra
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Jan, I am so happy to hear you are NED!! That is hopefully news for us as well hearing about people with a good outcome. It's so funny how this thing takes of your life in a way. We are now waiting for the official biopsy report. And I am trying to stay positive but I won't deny that I worry at some moments that something will take a turn for the worse. For now I am pleased surgery went well and I have decided to just take it one day at a time and keep his spirits up in the process.

 

Just another question though Jan, how soon after the surgery did you have any testing done??

 

Thanks for all your support. It is a tremendous help!! I am so pleased there is somewhere I can turn that can help us in this difficult time.

 

 

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Jan4you
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HI Jenny~

Well, for me, I was told from the consult with my Urologist/surgeon that I was probably Stage 1 due to its size being small enough. The final pathology report stated the same. Lucky! AND I was so well prepared because I came on this site for support and information.

Yes, my follow up has been every 6 months, first year, then I think I go to a year. I find out tomorrow. Just had my one year scan completed. Also, you CAN go and get your own copy of Path report ahead of your doctor's appointment. I did. They are ususally dictated in a day or two, transcibed into your record, then Medical records let you know when the result is available. You have to pay a little per page and sign a release form.

In fact I get my all radiology or test reports ahead of time, before I see any doctor. Ironically it was ME that initially caught some serious mistakes by two different radiologists and demanded that they reports be corrected. What they do actually is make an addendum with the correction. Still my surgeon spoke to them as well. He was not happy.

This time I didn't get the CT scan report. I see my doctor tomorrow. Now not all folks want to know ahead of time what the report shows, either because you may not understand what it means (often) or it could freak you out unnessarily. I am okay with knowing so I can ask informed questions when I do see my doctors

Actually, I have never, ever been concerned the cancer, as I have other medical issues that take up my daily life. If it were more serious. I would still come in prepared and ready for the next step. Yet, I a not being naive either. I try not to worry.  What good does worrying ever get you? So, I get as much information ahead of time and come prepared to my doctor appointments with questions. BUT.. that's ME!

Not sure what kind of patient your hubby is, but he cannot RUSH his healing. He doesn't want hernias or any complications. His INSIDES are healing!! Even if he feels much better, I was told 30 days before any exercise, except walking. And again, I used that lumbar wrap to support the incision area while it was healing.

Keep us informed.

Warmly, Jan

 

aamdsi
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Is he doing okay?  Walking lots and lots?  Pain okay?  Getting sleep?

 

How are YOU doing?  You need to make sure you are getting enough rest, food, and love as well. So don't skimp on your needs 8-)

JennyDra
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Aamdsi......hello. Weekend went well. Hubby was released on Friday.  he's not in pain thankfully and he's only taking antibiotics at the moment. No pain meds. I think the robotic procedure made a huge difference in his recovery. 

i think he is happy to be home and back to doing normal things. We are trying not to think too much about everything till the actual biopsy comes back with the definitive diagnosis. Doctor said surgery went well so for now we are happy with that news. 

 

Personally, i am just trying to keep it together. Easier said than done. I am definitely trying to stay positive and I am hoping for a good bioposy result but I know things may be worse than we're hoping for . 

 

The he week he was in the hospital was certainly emotionally exhausting. The thought of everything that happened in the space of one month is surreal.  I am just trying to do the best I can. One day at a time but for now my sweet husband is the most important thing and his recovery and getting better is the only thing I am focusing on. Thanks so much for thinking of me. I myself have put my needs on the back burner as I feel he needs and deserves my attention. But thank you for taking the time to check in. I hope you are well and are having a good Monday :-)

aamdsi
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My husband can attest to your feelings.  Seems most of us go through this very very quickly.  I went to Dr. for one thing and was told I had cancer. 

Mine surgery was almost a year ago (open partial).  Going home was the BEST if for nothing outher thanthe nights were dark, quiet and I had privacy again (not to mention good coffee).

Still, as I told him, you're no good to anyone if you are so worn out.  At least allow yoursef a cup of tea/coffee/cheer - a trashy book (TV show) and a moment to yourself a day.  

All will be all right.  You both are on the other side of it and life will return to a better normal 8-)

 

Hugs, Laurie

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