1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Kidney Surgery

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by santaman2000, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. santaman2000

    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    16,044
    Likes Received:
    721
    Location:
    Florida
    I’ve put off posting here until I had something concrete to say. About six weeks ago I started having pain in my mid-lower back. I made an appointment with my doctor and he ordered an ultrasound as we were both mostly expecting kidney stones. However that turned out not to be the case. The ultrasound revealed a mass on my right kidney so the doctor ordered a CT scan to confirm and further evaluate it. The CT confirmed it was a 2.5 centimeter tumor so he next referred me to a urologist.

    I requested a urologist that I’d seen previously and got that appointment but that urologist called back and said after seeing the CT results he preferred I see one of his associates who specializes in robotic surgery. Well, I saw that urological surgeon, Dr Wolters, a couple of weeks ago and he showed me the disk and we went over the options:
    1) Partial nephrectomy done laparoscopically and would leave me about 80% of the kidney intact
    2) Radical nephrectomy also done laparoscopically
    3 & 4) Either of the above options done the old fashioned way with a full inscision
    5) laparoscopic insertion of a devise between the kidney and the tumor with an attempt to freeze it (or he might have said radiation, it was beginning to run together on me)
    6) Wait and watch: however he said it was already at the size they stop watching and intervene.

    We decided on the first option, a partial nephrectomy done laparoscopically with the foreknowledge that it could change if circumstances dictate while I’m on the table.

    Last week I had an appointment with my cardiologist to clear me for surgery and that went well with him rating me as a “medium risk.” While there I complained of a recurring pain behind my left ear so said cardiologist ordered a carotid ultrasound which was done this past Monday. Unless those results change the clearance my surgery is scheduled for Monday, 12 March at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola with an expected recovery time of about 3 days barring any complications.

    I’ll try to keep y’all updated but I hope you understand if I’m absent from the forum for a while around that time. Of course I welcome your thoughts and prayers.
     
    #1 santaman2000, Feb 12, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2020
    gra_farmer, woodsorrel and zornt like this.
  2. forrestdweller

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,270
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    travelling (OZ, NZ, korea, Japan, central america)
    good luck and a speedy recovery...
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  3. Mark Baigent

    Mark Baigent Full Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    Walton on the Naze, North East Essex
    Good luck fella, get well soon.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  4. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    21,586
    Likes Received:
    1,003
    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    Good luck and good healing!
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  5. Toddy

    Toddy Mod
    Mod

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2005
    Messages:
    35,072
    Likes Received:
    1,370
    Location:
    S. Lanarkshire
    Every good wish for a good surgical outcome and a very speedy recovery....and no recurrance :)

    M
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  6. crosslandkelly

    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Messages:
    23,051
    Likes Received:
    794
    Location:
    North West London
    Good luck SM, I hope all goes well for you.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  7. Tengu

    Tengu Full Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    Messages:
    10,487
    Likes Received:
    315
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Me too.

    Kidney stones are bad enough; My father had them (This was about 35 years ago and neither him nor anyone around him that day have forgotten)

    But it sounds like they have all bases covered.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  8. santaman2000

    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    16,044
    Likes Received:
    721
    Location:
    Florida
    Thanks everybody who’ve replied so far. My Dad also had kidney stones Tengu. He lost a kidney when I was about 11 or 12.
     
  9. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2016
    Messages:
    12,240
    Likes Received:
    2,205
    Location:
    Grand Cayman, Norway, Sweden
    Good Luck and an uneventful recovery!
    ( have a calcified area plus a cyst on my left kidney, both well monitored)
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  10. Woody girl

    Woody girl Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,331
    Likes Received:
    1,471
    Location:
    Exmoor
    Good luck. I do hope all goes well for you. Will be thinking of you and praying for your speedy recovery.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  11. Robbi

    Robbi Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,842
    Likes Received:
    125
    Location:
    northern ireland
    Thinking of you and yours Dennis, stay safe my friend.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  12. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2016
    Messages:
    12,240
    Likes Received:
    2,205
    Location:
    Grand Cayman, Norway, Sweden
    Remember, in worst case, you have a spare kidney!
    :)
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  13. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2005
    Messages:
    25,491
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    Mercia
    Lots of luck old friend, sounds like you are in good hands!
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  14. Broch

    Broch Full Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    2,419
    Likes Received:
    1,665
    Location:
    Mid Wales
    Best of luck. I hope all goes well and I look forward to you're continued contributions to this forum.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  15. bobnewboy

    bobnewboy Settler

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2014
    Messages:
    788
    Likes Received:
    180
    Location:
    North West Somerset
    Wishing you the very best of luck, and a speedy recovery. Good vibes coming from this side of 'the Pond'.

    Cheers, Bob
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  16. plastic-ninja

    plastic-ninja Full Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1,636
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    cumbria
    My mum was born with only one kidney and managed to make the Cambridge boat race ladies team and lived to a very full 85 years.
    I hope your operation will be tediously predictable and that you have a speedy and uneventful recovery.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  17. Fadcode

    Fadcode Full Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2016
    Messages:
    2,079
    Likes Received:
    463
    Location:
    Cornwall
    We are all with you on this, keep us posted and all the best.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  18. Paulm

    Paulm Full Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    1,042
    Likes Received:
    106
    Location:
    Hants
    Best wishes and best of luck, hope all goes well for you.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  19. C_Claycomb

    Mod

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    5,462
    Likes Received:
    550
    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Best of luck! Sounds like you are getting the necessary care and treatment. Fingers crossed it all goes well.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.
  20. Dogoak

    Dogoak Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    80
    Location:
    Cairngorms
    Sounds like you're in safe hands, al the best.
     
    santaman2000 likes this.

Share This Page