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Offline NycJoe

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Surgery
« on: September 20, 2009, 07:34:58 PM »
I had diverticulitis in August in which a CT scan found a tumor on my kidney which after having 2 opinions decided it's best to have it removed.  A am getting a partial nephrectomy (removal of about half of my left kidney) on Thursday at Sloan Kettering.  I know it is a good hospital and my numbers are good but I am still worried about the recovery time as I am a full time student.  Does having HIV slow recovery time in general?  I hadn't thought of that until now.  They were going to do it laparascopically but now they think because the tumor is so deep into kidney that might have to do an open which I dread.  Oh well, I say bring on the drugs! 

Hopefully, unlike the last hospital I was at (Northshore LIJ), I won't hear the group of Dr's in the hallway going on about their "Hi Five" patient in room 202.  I hate that term!  Hope everyone is doing well.

Joe

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 07:51:45 PM »

Sorry to hear about the Diverticulitus, but wishing you the best this coming Thursday. I never had any problem with healing after surgery.  I had hernia surgery in 2002, which healed very quickly.  I am sure my numbers at that time were probably pretty bad.

As far as the doctors out in the hallway, going on about their "hi five patient'  quite unprofessional of them to discuss any patients condition, where others may be within ear range. That's a Hippa violation.


Wishing you the best this Thursday.


Ray
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Offline Puckslinger

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 08:07:03 PM »
Hey there,

Sorry to hear about your surgery. For what it's worth: I had an appendectomy in 1994--two years after I tested positive--and I had an easy and uncomplicated recovery.

Good luck!  :)

Offline AboutToStart

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 09:30:11 PM »
I had a major surgery 6 months ago just before starting meds.. My ID doctor said procedure and recovery should be normal as every other person since my numbers were ok (CD4 of 300), not too great but definately enough to fight any potential inflamation, and he was right: my recovery was quick, smooth and normal (less than 2 weeks), after which I started taking Atripla.

Good luck!!

Offline shreveman

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009, 10:16:16 PM »
Hi Joe:

I've had surgery and some invasive procedures that involved cutting since I've been positive. Also, I know other positive guys who have had surgery, like hernia repair, etc. Unless your overall state of health is poor or you have a disorder that can interfere with healing (like Diabetes), I expect you'll heal just fine. If there is anything about this tumor after surgery and you need someone to talk with, feel free to send me a PM. Good luck and I'll be thinking about you while you undergo this. Take care. Roy

Offline NycJoe

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 06:46:32 AM »
Thank you to everyone for your support and advice.  I think I stressed myself into a little sore throat.  No fever or anything just a sore throat so I am hoping that does not postpone my surgery because that would be devestating.  So in the mean time I am just resting hope and drinking lots of fluids. Hope everyone is having a good Monday.

Joe

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 07:58:14 AM »

  My wife had sinus surgery (ouch!) and she didn't have any issues during the healing process.  Sadly I must report the surgery did not solve her snoring issue...... :-\  I've had divirticulitus myself and I know them flare ups can be gruesome, atleast from the pain and nausea I use to go through it was...

   Looks like yours may have saved your life!  Good luck with the surgery...  
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Offline Ann

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 08:53:06 AM »
Hi Joe,

I agree with the others that as long as your numbers are fairly decent, you should have no problem with recovery and healing time. I had misplaced breast tissue and a few lymph nodes removed from my left armpit in 2005 and the nurse who did the follow-up care said I healed very quickly - quicker than most hiv negative patients she had with similar surgery wounds.

If you're interested, my numbers two months before surgery were 732, 28%. We did a CD4 count the day after surgery (out of curiosity) and it was 320, 25%. One month later at my regular draw, they'd gone back up to 786, 28%. I wasn't on meds at the time. I'm still not on meds.

Good luck with your op. Keep us posted.

Ann
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 09:30:39 AM »
Hi Joe,

I just wanted to wish you good luck with your surgery.

AA
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Offline webontheweb

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2009, 05:07:43 PM »
first off, good luck with surgery.
I have had two major surgeries this year, onew on my knee and I just had shoulder surgery last thursday.  Doctor was well aware of my status- I tell ALL of my medical privders- both went well, with good expected outcomes.  My cd4 BTW hovers at 235- after two years of Atripla.  I am undetectable.
None of my docs were overy concerned with my cd4 as I have not had a cold since last April when that hacking flemmy cold of death went through town.
As a matter of fact, I have had 4 major surgeries since becoming HIV +.
Do what the docs tell you to do.  If they are informed, they will help you make the right choices.
cheers

Offline NycJoe

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2009, 06:15:21 PM »
Wow I feel a lot better guys thanks.  Now I just have to get rid of this cold for the most part by Thursday.  I'm doing everything I can to keep diverticulitis from coming back by eating a lot of fiber, drinking lots of water etc.  Now its focus on cold then Thursday focus on surgery and recovery.  Thank god Sloan Kettering has wireless!  I'll be stuck there for about 4 days.  Thanks again for all the feedback it is much appreciated.  In the meantime I have to work tomorrow and have 3 exams Wednesday.  Nothing like stress!

Joe

Offline Ann

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2009, 06:50:22 AM »
Hi Joe, good luck with your exams! Do your best to get enough sleep - sleep is nature's best healer. You might also try taking some extra vitamin C to knock that cold on its ass. I use vitamin C for that, who knows if it really works or not, but at least I feel like I'm doing something. ;D

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline NycJoe

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2009, 02:26:22 PM »
Ann, I am with you.  I pop vitamin C like it's candy.  I'm not really sure if it's doing anything but it makes me feel better taking it anyway.

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2009, 07:03:12 AM »
I had surgery for 3 hernias in february. This was supposed to be an outpatient operation but I had to be in the hospital 3 nights due to pain, and a few weeks on heavy pain killers. But after that, the recovery went fine, and I was back at work about 1 month after the date of the operation as planned. The pain gradually went away and now I can lift heavy things just fine. I don't think the HIV played any factor.

FYI, there is a study from doctor Michael Horberg about HIV patients and surgery : http://www.thebody.com/content/art39328.html . He was my physician until about 2002, at which time he went into research and kicked out all his HIV-negative patients to another doc.

Offline NycJoe

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2009, 09:30:11 PM »
Madbrain thanks for the link.  I just wanted to give an update.  I am still in the hospital.  The surgery went very well but since then not so well.  I either got flu or a lung infection.  Been fighting fever for days.  So been using my incentive spirometer and walking as much as I can and taking some percocet for the pain.  My fever has not broken 101 since last night (highest was 102.5) so still still trying my best to keep it down.  Right now at 100 so I guess I shouldn't complain.  It has been very worrisome but I must say Sloan Kettering has the best patient care I have ever experienced.  I will update once I am getting out of hospital.  Thanks guys!
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Offline Ann

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Re: Surgery
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2009, 07:51:18 AM »
Hi Joe, good to hear from you and thanks for the update.

I hope the chest thing continues to improve so they do let you out tomorrow. (or would that be today? Darn time-zones! :D ) Glad the op went well.

Take care, and here's to lowered fevers. Cheers!

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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