Kidney cancer

A place for people affected by kidney cancer to support one another, ask questions, and share their experiences.

Kidney and tumour successfully removed. Hurrah !!

Scubacrazy
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Well that’s it then. My right kidney complete with it’s special friend known as tumour have been removed. 
‘It happened on Thursday at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, London. 
‘Pleased to report the operation went well, and the removal was completed in around 2.5 hours using the DaVinci surgical robot.  
That was Thursday, and on Saturday late afternoon My son had picked me up and we were driving home !!

It has all been so quick, I feel I have missed something. 
Obviously I am a little bit sore but I have no stitches or clips, just dissolvable stitches and glue. 

So, all I need to do now is to go back in 3 weeks to find out what’s next   I still have 2 mets in my lungs, and some polyps in my gall bladder, but at least the main monster has been evicted. 

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
Joncol
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Well done getting home so quickly. Take it very easy but try to walk even if it’s just around the house. It will help with the pain. I was told to press on the main cut every time I moved to prevent a hernia. A year later I still do this!! Old habits die hard!! I was also glued. Much better than staples and leaves a neat scar. Also beware the dreaded constipation. Take senna or a gentle laxative before it builds up. Wishing you a speedy recovery 

Jane
Scubacrazy
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Thanks Jane for taking the time to reply. 
I was warned about constipation and have some laxative prescribed which I take twice daily. 
A more uncomfortable side effect at the moment is the bloating caused by pumping my abdominal cavity full of carbon dioxide !

I can’t seem to even pass wind at the moment, let alone anything else. 

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
Joncol
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I remember that well! My surgeon was more concerned about my bowels after the surgery than anything else! He wanted to know if I had passed wind. Apparently peppermint tea works well 

Jane
Scubacrazy
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My wife has just made me a cup of peppermint tea!!!

Lets hope it does the trick. 

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
buttercup01
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Good advice

Fear of the unknown is the worst thing. Once we know what we're facing, we find the strength to deal with it.
forgottenworks
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Well. I don’t know what to say. Congratulations. I’m astonished. 

 -Mark 

Scubacrazy
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Thanks. I must admit there are none more astonished than myself !

I don’t know how long the wound remains uncomfortable but that is a relatively small price to pay. 

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
buttercup01
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Hi ,

How did the peppermint tea go?!

Fear of the unknown is the worst thing. Once we know what we're facing, we find the strength to deal with it.
Scubacrazy
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Ok actually. It definitely eased the pressure, and I think it may be beneficial in the long term. I hate having this painful trapped wind and am looking forward to allowing the pressure relief valveo operate soon.

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
irishrambling
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Trouble is hospital food seems to be designed not to include roughage or fruit. I questioned why they would rather medicate me for my bowels than feed me properly. One night all we got was 3 cream crackers and a glass of water. Nothing to go on the cream crackers. No wonder I stayed bunged up. The thing I found really helped me when I got home were Aldi's pure fruit puree ice lollies. Raspberry ones worked best. 

Ethelmay
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Well done Scubacrazy! I was like you, had my op on the wednesday, home on the Friday. I'm 6 weeks on now. My wound is still a bit tender and get the odd twinge now and again but apart from that alls ok Good luck with your recoveryx too x

Love and hugs

Ethelmay x
Scubacrazy
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Thank you Ethelmay. I am still surprised that I went in on Thursday and out on Saturday. Incredible really. 
I also am tender, and it hurts when I get into and out of bed,or an armchair. It’s ok when I walk around. Slowly to start, obvs. 
‘I find if I sit still for too long, it hurts when I get up. So what I do is get up and do something, even if it’s just walking round the house, for 10 minutes. This helps 

I have to say that I am very grateful for all of the help and advice on these forums. It’s a great resource for us all. 

I’ll keep updating on here for sure. 

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time. 
Jo300
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Congratulations Scubacrazy - hope your recovery continues to go really well!

For what it's worth I can still remember the day I could feel (and hear) all of the gas finally dispersing and it was about 7 weeks after my op. It did gradually improve in the interim, but it took a while to fully clear.

Jo
x
Scubacrazy
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7 weeks ? Yikes. 
‘I fear exploding before that.

I’m doing this the only way I can. One day at a time.