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Open Radical Nephrectomy on Tuesday

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Bugs Bollox
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Man, am I not looking forward to this, but we do what we've gotta do.

Any tips, tricks or wisdom for getting through this and minimizing the pain?

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icemantoo
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Bugs,

 

 Not fun. Your bio indicates it is large. Time to get rid of it. If I told you the pain was minimal they would laugh me off this board. No pain, no gain.

 

 

 

icemantoo

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stub1969
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At the top right corner of this page is an icon "Search CSN Content".  Click that and type in key words for a search.  You'll see a lot of threads with advice for you.  

My only advice is to listen to your body during recovery.  Don't push it.  This is major surgery and you have to respect the need for your body to recover.  

Keep us updated as you move forward on this journey.  We'll try to help as much as you allow us to.

Blessings,

Stub

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Jobie123
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I’m 18 months out from a radical nephrectomy and to be honest i can honestley say i was never in severe pain just discomfort ! Yes it’s a slow road and you take time to gain strength and energy levels back but what i kept telling myself was , Keep strong , keep focused there’s no alternative road!

listen to your body , rest and sleep when you need too x 

take care Jo

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eug91
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Sorry you had to join our group, but this is a great forum. We've all been where you are now and gotten through it, so we know you will, too. If you have any questions or concerns or just want to vent/complain, we're here for you. 

If you haven't already read it, I posted my radical nephrectomy experience here -> https://csn.cancer.org/node/318416

We'll be rooting for you - you've got this!

 

TomHop
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Joined: Mar 2019

Hi Bugs. I had my open radical nephrectomy in mid-February. The first couple weeks were pretty tough but manageable. Keep a pillow handy for times when you need to cough. Listen to your body. Stay on your meds. Three months down the road I am reminded of the incision simply because it feels tight but no pain. You can do it!

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Dominick0711
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Mine was partial but also open and took place on January 15th.  Echoing some of what others have said but...for me pain was worse day after then day of and initially that worried me but by that same evening I was already seeing progress.  The every day felt better then the day before and though the first week was rough in terms of mobility, tightness and discomfort in some positions it was the getting better every day part that make me feel positive.  my biggest keys to recovery im sure you’ve already heard which is walk walk walk drink water walk walk walk drink water...repeat until feeling one hundred percent then hopefully it’s a life change for you and you keep on doing it anyway! We will be thinking of you! Hoping for a fast recovery and a cancer free future!

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Dominick0711
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I’m going to add something that people tried to tell me but I didn’t listen...don’t sweat the small stuff and have faith in your body. It will heal and recover.  I tortured my doctor a bit and was worrying about every what if and itt all proved to be unnecessary anxiety that only hinders your recovery not helps it.  Find a good doctor then trust that doctor and focus solely on your recovery.  Stay vigilant for sure and ask all the questions you need to ask but try to trust the answers and focus on getting better.

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Bugs Bollox
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Thank you everyone for your thoughs and kind words. This is a great place for information and support. I'll make it thorugh this. This isn't my first rodeo with abdominal surgery, although last time I had youth on my side. I remember getting out of bed being a real adventure those first few times after surgery.

It seems strange that I haven't had any pain this week, but I saw the scans so I know it's real. I did my pre-op assessment yesterday and I'm good to go. The people there kept saying what a great surgeon I have, so that was reassuring. So Tuesday I put my game face on and do battle with the Beast. Wish me well.

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Canadian Sandy
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I wish you well Bugs and walk walk walk soon as you can. Keep the faith!

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Bugs Bollox
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Thanks, Sandy...  I'll get to hoppin'!

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icemantoo
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Bugs,

The first couple days are a little rough than each day should be a little better with maybe a bad day in between.

 

 

 

icemantoo

mukhopadhyay.arka01
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I had radical nephrectomy and was walking in 1 week and within a month started working--I have desk job.

Partial nephrectomy should be better

How big is your tumour and on which kidney?

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Bugs Bollox
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I’m having a radical procedure too. Right kidney. Big tumor. Looked big on the screen anyway.  As I recall, about 16x17x7 cm. Doc said to expect about a 6-8 week recovery, but then everyone is different. 

I’ve got a desk job too. Lots of computer time and long meetings. 

The woman who did my surgical pre-testing said these tumors are usually confined. Can anyone verify that?

mukhopadhyay.arka01
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I had some pain but I was back fast--had to wear an abdominal belt--my company was kind enough to give me a room in the office premise--so I dint have to travel!

Is this your 1st tumour --thats a big tumour! Were there symptoms?

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