Recovery Time after percutaneous cryoablation?

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   Posted 6/27/2018 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I wound up in the ER with a bowel obstruction due to a bad hernia. Long story short the Docs found a small solid mass (1.4x1.3 cm) in my left Kidney after a CT scan of my abdomen. They followed up with a MRI 2 weeks later and strongly suspect low grade Renal Carcinoma. At first the Doc wanted to go in Laproscopic and take a section of Kidney out - after seeing I have no colon and have had 3 surgeries prior in my Abdomen he was concerned about to much scar tissue being in the way and recommended Cryoablation. They want to destroy the tumor via Percutaneous Cryoablation; plan is to take a biopsy and then freeze\kill the thing either way.

Trying to understand how much time I need to take off from work. Anyone have this done? What kind of recovery time did it take to get over the procedure? I watched a few videos on youtube - looks like they stick 1 or 2 skewers in and have their way.

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Surgery #2 Loop Ileostomy-Jpouch creation. Completed 7\28\2016
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   Posted 7/17/2018 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I discussed the cryoablation procedure with my urologic oncologist when I was diagnosed with a small lesion on my right kidney. It was one of the choices, along with the robotic surgery, that I was offered. Like you, I've had abdominal surgery that involved, at least on the second surgery, the removal of 18" of my sigmoid colon. Fortunately, I apparently have an extra long sigmoid colon (perhaps why it got strangulated in the first place?), so I have had no long lasting impacts from the missing 18". While the surgeon that removed the lesion initially had some concerns about the possible presence of scar tissue, he reviewed all the available CT's and Ultrasounds and said no problem, so I had the surgery in 2016.

In terms of the cryo, however, the recovery time is pretty fast. If your job is heavily physical, you should wait at least two or three weeks before heading back (per the Cleveland Clinic). If it's more sedentary, I would give it at least a week, just to make sure there are no complications and to get to a folow-up appointment with less stress.

Good luck to you!
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