• Has anyone had the da Vinci surgery as treatment for kidney cancer, and if so, what did you think of it?

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Has anyone had the da Vinci surgery as treatment for kidney cancer, and if so, what did you think of it?

    I know someone that may be having the surgery, just trying to get some information on it.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      TC My recent adrenal gland removal was da Vinchi robot assisted. The adrenal gland is right on top of the kidney so it is done by the urological surgeon. I recommend the robot as it resulted in smaller incisions and a quicker recovery. In my case two nights in the hospital, back to working from home in a week and back at work in three weeks. Of course if he is looking for a longer medical vacation then try the other surgery with the longer revcovery. My Surgeon, Dr James Porter is my area's most experienced robotic surgeon and trains other doctors. If you search him on You Tube there are videos of him explaining the benifits of robitic sutrgery and doing things like folding a paper airplane with the robot, paper airplane is the size of a penny. Good Luck to your friend!!

      about 4 years ago
    • stanhartke's Avatar
      stanhartke

      Tell me this question isn't for you ticklingcancer, if you have kidney cancer too, then I have entered the twilight zone and you must be my clone. After I completed chemo for my germ cell tumor, I had da Vinci surgery done in December to have a spot removed from my kidney that turned out to be clear cell renal cell cancer stage 2. Anyway, I hope this question isn't for you cause I know you've been through enough, but really the surgery wasn't too bad. I was in a lot of pain immediately after the surgery but they do it with just 5 small incisions. Surgery took less than 2 hours and recovery... I'm about back to full speed and it was done December 14th. They say 4 to 6 weeks to recover. Anyway, you can check out my cancer blog and catch my story at www.stanhartke.com. Email is [email redacted].

      about 4 years ago

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