"Surgical Material" noted in findings of a recent CT Scan 2 1/2 years after partial nephrectomy

cralleycat
cralleycat Member Posts: 10

I had robotic partial nephrectomy of the right kidney in 7/2013.. So I had an unrelated abdominal CT scan a couple of weeks ago (gastro ordered) that showed surgical material at the nephrectomy site. I was just wondering if anybody else has had this on a scan? It has been 2 and a half years since my surgery. I have had on and off dull flank pain since then (the surgeon is aware of the pain as I have reported it at each check up) and said it probably was not related to the kidney. The surgical material wasn't mentioned in any of my prior kidney scans. Should I be concerned?

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  • Have not had this on a scan,

    Have not had this on a scan, but I have the same symptoms that you do (1. 5 years post surgery from a partial OPEN nephrectomy).  My urologist-oncologist said not to worry, it could be a variety of things, but they are confident it is not recurrence.  The way one doctor explained it is that when they close up the wound, there is some material left over.  Would definitely get a copy of the scans/report and send it to your urologist/surgeon's office.

  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853

    Have not had this on a scan,

    Have not had this on a scan, but I have the same symptoms that you do (1. 5 years post surgery from a partial OPEN nephrectomy).  My urologist-oncologist said not to worry, it could be a variety of things, but they are confident it is not recurrence.  The way one doctor explained it is that when they close up the wound, there is some material left over.  Would definitely get a copy of the scans/report and send it to your urologist/surgeon's office.

    Surgical material?

    Did you get any kind of clarification as to the specifics of that "material"?  That could have many different meanings, anything from a gauze pad to mesh to clips used to reattach the kidney, etc.

    I too had a partial of my left kidney via robot and the only thing left in me is a couple of plastic clips.  I got clarification from my surgeon that he did not use mesh or things of that nature.  I do have symptoms of discomfort occasionally but I'm told it's of no concern, so I try not to worry about it.  I'm told it could be scar tissue or something like that.

    Donna~

  • Jojo61
    Jojo61 Member Posts: 1,309
    hardo718 said:

    Surgical material?

    Did you get any kind of clarification as to the specifics of that "material"?  That could have many different meanings, anything from a gauze pad to mesh to clips used to reattach the kidney, etc.

    I too had a partial of my left kidney via robot and the only thing left in me is a couple of plastic clips.  I got clarification from my surgeon that he did not use mesh or things of that nature.  I do have symptoms of discomfort occasionally but I'm told it's of no concern, so I try not to worry about it.  I'm told it could be scar tissue or something like that.

    Donna~

    Surgical material? Sounds

    Surgical material? Sounds suspicious. Keep us posted!

    Hugs

    Jojo

  • todd121
    todd121 Member Posts: 1,448
    Hopefully it's nothing

    I sure hope it was only stuff they planned to leave behind! Have you had a chance to ask your doctor?

    Make sure he's not missing a text book (surgical reading material), for example...

    Seriously, I hope it's routine and nothing.

    Best wishes,

    Todd

  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,019 Member
    todd121 said:

    Hopefully it's nothing

    I sure hope it was only stuff they planned to leave behind! Have you had a chance to ask your doctor?

    Make sure he's not missing a text book (surgical reading material), for example...

    Seriously, I hope it's routine and nothing.

    Best wishes,

    Todd

    "material" needs a better definition

    In this case, find out what they mean!!  Is a really fiber-as in a gauze pad, is it a lump of tissue that has herniated beyond it's bounday, a growth, or a piece of metal or 2.

    Three weeks post open surgery, and having to separated ribs to access the upper abdomen, I developed pancreatitis.  Nothing like sitting on the john for one end, and trying to throw up in the bathtub, with a 14 inch incision running up and across your belly and side.

    Had my hubby take me to ER and they x-rayed to see if there was a blocked bowel.  When the tech asked, "do you have any metal in there?", my response was, "I don't think so."

    Lo and behold, the titanium plate to pull my ribs into place had 2 little screws on both ends.  Two of them had backed out and dropped around the urinary bladder.  I pushed my surgeon for a conclusive answer.  He said it wouldn't cause harm, and he consulted a trauma surgeon, who agreed.  I guess that means I was screwed by the surgeon....briefly.  ;}

    All metal parts are still there 9 1/2 years later.

    Once you get a grasp of what is in there, then deal with the "do I or don't I" questions.

    Good luck and hugs,

    Donna

  • Yeric
    Yeric Member Posts: 65
    Left what?

    I had an open surgery for my left kidney.  Scans show a clip of some kind left behind.  Somebody told me it was there and would not present a problem.

    What I like about the thing being there is I can set off security scans that are to sensitive.  Electronics stores.  TSA.  A real conversation starter.

    Ask the right people the questions you need to ask.  I doubt you have anything to worry about.

    Bobby

  • Pandabear1011
    Pandabear1011 Member Posts: 123
    OMGoodness!!

    No. I have never had that show up on any scan. They definately need to clarify what they mean by "material"!!

  • marosa
    marosa Member Posts: 333

    OMGoodness!!

    No. I have never had that show up on any scan. They definately need to clarify what they mean by "material"!!

    You should ask what exactly it is they see

    You should ask exactly what it is they are seeing.  For example I have surgical material that shows very much up on my scans and they are metal or plastic (don't remember) grafs that were inserted thru a tube in one of my arteries to stop the bleeding from complications after my partial neph.  So they are there and they have an explanation.  You should have an explanation on what material is this and why its there.

  • cralleycat
    cralleycat Member Posts: 10
    marosa said:

    You should ask what exactly it is they see

    You should ask exactly what it is they are seeing.  For example I have surgical material that shows very much up on my scans and they are metal or plastic (don't remember) grafs that were inserted thru a tube in one of my arteries to stop the bleeding from complications after my partial neph.  So they are there and they have an explanation.  You should have an explanation on what material is this and why its there.

    Surgical Material

    Thank you . I had planned on asking my gastro who ordered the test at my appointment that was supposed to be this morning but it had to be rescheduled and now its another 10 days away.. I guess I'll have to call the surgeons office... Undecided

  • foxhd
    foxhd Member Posts: 3,181

    Surgical Material

    Thank you . I had planned on asking my gastro who ordered the test at my appointment that was supposed to be this morning but it had to be rescheduled and now its another 10 days away.. I guess I'll have to call the surgeons office... Undecided

    I think

    I'd ask the doc to pull up the scan so you can see it. He might say it is just a necessary clip they had to use. Then it turns out to be rusty vice grips.

  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853
    foxhd said:

    I think

    I'd ask the doc to pull up the scan so you can see it. He might say it is just a necessary clip they had to use. Then it turns out to be rusty vice grips.

    Rusty Vice Grips??

    ......used to replace the "pipes"?  haha   (you're so funny)

    Donna~