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kidney surgery

Posted By: not sure if this is the right board... on 2009-05-17
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I am facing kidney surgery in the very near future to cut out a urethral stricture from my single kidney (congenital).  My doctor informed me this is a relatively common procedure but that it is not a surgery one can just bounce right back from.  I'm just curious if anyone can tell me whether you've had this surgery or know someone who has, and know their recovery rate and prognosis.  He also told me there is a 2% to 3% chance this could not take and the surgery might have to be repeated.  My doctor told me one month after the surgery I will have to have a second surgery to remove a stent that he will temporarily place.  He said I will be in the hospital overnight (for the initial surgery) and then probably won't feel like doing my regular activities for at least two weeks.  Thanks for any information.

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I was transcribing a surgery once, the surgery was over and the doctor was dictating
from anesthesia yet.  Anyway, the surgeon dictating stopped dictating and said "Hey Mary - is this one big enough for you?"  It was obvious he was talking about the patient's PENIS!  I thought HOW EMBARRASSING!  I hope they didn't make fun of my anatomy when I got my tubes tied!
New job first, save sick time, then surgery or surgery first?

Iíd like to go back to medical secretary work.  Iíve had cortisone shots in my ECU tendon 3 or 4 times and was warned not to have too many or my tendon could rupture.  Itís been very weak for a year or so and my left wrist is smaller than my right wrist.  I canít type at all with my left pinky so I think itís ruptured.  I have Word auto correct and Instant Text set up so I very seldom type As, Qs, or Zs.  I havenít had surgery because I have my own account, no subs, a DD in college to support, and no disability insurance and didnít want to take time off work for surgery.  I do have medical insurance though my DH. 


Iím debating whether to get a job, save up sick time, and have the surgery while getting sick time pay or have the surgery first without any sick time pay.


Iíve done medical secretary work before.  I figured if I use Word there I can save their Auto Correct and transfer mine.  If they use EMR, I can make my own shorts to stay away from Q, S and Z.  I could only accept a job where I donít type for more than an hour straight, which is what I do now.  Then I started worrying about what if I have to use someone elseís computer?  What if I unexpectedly have to type more than an hour?


I think I have cold feet about getting a job outside the home after over 7 years at home AND Iíve had cold feet about having surgery!  Can someone help me think this through logically?  I canít think straight when my feet are cold.

Surgery/Plastic Surgery Transcription
Hello. I am considering taking a position in the field of plastic surgery. Can anyone recommend a way to pick up on the terminology FAST?
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My sister has renal failure and is on dialysis.  She was admitted to the hospital with myxedema coma (severe hypothyroidism) back in March, being hospitalized into the middle of June.  She made a miraculous recovery considering she started out on life support in the ICU of a major medical center.  She's now home and doing terrific, but she's been left with the RF.  She is starting the paperwork for a transplant, and I am considering possible kidney donation.  Just wondering if anyone has any experience with it?  I'd appreciate any info.  I've done a little investigating on the net and it goes without saying it's a big decision and a lot involved.  Appreciate any input for sure and thanks!
May be "pole of the right kidney"
Pole of the right kidney
Now you are in the ballpark!! Go back and listen yet again.
My son's best friend is in need of a kidney transplant.
He is such a smart, sweet, good kid.  He's only 15 years old, but he's trying to help raise some of the money for his transplant by operating an Internet store because his family has had hard times and the insurance company bailed on him.  He's not yet on dialysis, so Medicare won't cover it.  The high school refused to work with him on his absences because they thought he was making it all up.  Never mind the fact that his mother and doctor also called the school to explain.  He sleeps a lot because he's so sick and tired.  He has been off the charts on all of the state's standardized tests, so you know he could just walk in and pass the GED exam.  Anyway, his older brother will be the living donor because there are no compatible cadaver donated organs out there.  A person ought to be able to depend on their family when nobody else can help.  I have kidney problems myself.  I only hope that if it came to it, someone would be there for me.
OT-Anyone have polycystic kidney disease?

I have just recently learned I have polycystic kidney disease (my mother died of kidney failure) and the cysts are on my right kidney, adrenal gland and on recent CT, (only two months from my first one), I have now developed cysts on my liver too. The kidney cysts are bleeding. :( I have daily right-sided aching and back pain. My right kidney is deformed and I have reflux on the right as well as kidney damage from childhood.

My whole illness started out about eight months ago as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and it was horrible with nausea, anorexia due to that, and significant weight loss. I had two Epley maneuvers that corrected the vertigo. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis was done and that is when the first cysts on the kidney were discovered which I was told were not concerning in someone in their 50s. In the meantime, I had started eliminating a couple of my Rx meds and the nausea stopped, and so I felt they were the cause of my nausea which in a sense I feel could still be true but perhaps more due to not metabolizing the meds appropriately due to kidney and/or liver problems but I do not know that yet. I do not see a urologist until 09/07 and will find out more then.

It is my understanding that this is a hereditary/genetic disorder and there is no cure and progression to kidney failure is quite high by the time you are 60 and I am 52.

I was just wondering if anyone else has this or knows someone who does and what info they may be willing to share. 

Thanks so very much. :)

Anyone REALLY familiar with GFR/kidney tests?

     This is a personal question, not exactly related to work.  I am going in circles with at least 2 doctors now (and several unrelated specialists) who are not concerned about my lab values, but from what I have looked up, it seems they should be doing something, even if it is just explaining what is going on and why.

Since August last year, my GFR has been 55-59, and from what I've read, that means kidney damage.  I am still on indomethacin, which I believe can contribute to kidney damage.  I don't know what else could be contributing or what might make things better, or if like they say, it's "within normal limits" and "nothing to worry about".

Any input?

My step-father got a kidney transplant

He was extremely happy to be off the dialysis and looked quite a bit healthier for a span of time (kidneys do things the plastic tubing just can't), but he only lived an extra 3 years and had to take lots of antirejection meds in the meantime, was in and out of the hospital a lot.

I agree with the person who posted below about talking to a physician about the downsides. Find out exactly what quality of life most transplant recipients have and how many extra years most of them receive. This is a big decision. It will change your life and probably in ways you can't fathom yet.

Wish I could give you better answers. It's so hard to watch people we love suffer.

Yep, my son's doc charged 111.00 for a 3 minute visit to tell him he had a kidney stone.
And to think the insurance paid it. Hmmm.
The first question I would ask myself is, "why would I NOT give my sister a kidney?"
Yes, it's an enormous decision. Good luck to you both.
exophrenic..can't document this word but I know it means outside the kidney..sm
Is it spelled right? Thanks.
ask yourself how you would feel if she died needing a kidney and you didn't save her with yours t
You let me know when you pass a kidney stone the size of a golfball without anesthetic and THEN
we can talk about the pain of being a man vs. a woman!
My son is having it on Friday in Dallas by the doctor who invented it. He has guaranteed it will work for him even with his astigmatism. He said he underwent five solid hours of testing today and the doctor told him to stay away from the 500. per day, 15-minute exam places.
If you do not want surgery,
You can have your dentist make a nightguard for you, and a chiropractor is also helpful for manipulation. For a quick fix, albeit temporary, you can go to a pain management physician for steroid injections into the temporomandibular joint. If treated, symptoms can abate without surgery. Hope that helps.
LOL and even after ALL that surgery...
Eye surgery
My son had this done last summer when he was 4. You can E-mail me if you have any questions.
Had surgery
I just had this surgery last week.  Go to the surgeon and have him submit it to the insurance company.  If your BMI is near 40, and/or you have other medical conditions as a result of obesity, most insurance companies will cover it; although some do make you jump through hoops to get it done.  Just have to work with them. 

Just to let you know the condition I am in, and I am not looking for sympathy here, but I had a major foot surgery.  I was born with clubfeet.  I had to undergo a calcaneal reconstruction due to bone damage, and I underwent an Achilles lengthening and reattachment.  I was totally non-weightbearing of the right foot for 8 weeks, and then another 8 weeks of rehab.  Again, my doctor did not want me to go back to work yet, but due to the insurance and FMLA situation at work, I had to go back. 

I am just belly aching I guess, but it just seems that this other FMLA person gets away with murder.  I am more than willing to work 4 to 6 hours a day, as my foot withstands it, but it would mess up my insurance coverage, which is the only reason I have stayed at this facility for as long as I have.  Such is life!



I just had the surgery - sm

I waited way too long before taking steps to stop it.  Good for you for doing this now.  Make sure to get an ergonomic keyboard and mouse.  They have new ball mice (is that right for multiple mouses??) that is supposed to be really good at preventing cts.  Taking breaks and wearing the splints at night are the keys though I think.  Hoping that you can stop this in its tracks. 

IMO, you should have the surgery before
trying to hold down a typing job.  I need some surgery too (different type) and don't have disability insurance.  I am trying to hold out until the stimulus package check comes (I know, I shouldn't hold my breath) and will use it to pay the bills while I am laid up.  I also have health insurance, so that is not an issue, thank God.  Good luck!
Brain surgery... ha....sm

when I thing of some of the doctors I've known over the years, we could probably learn brain surgery before they could learn transcription ! 


Lasik eye surgery...
Has anyone ever had it?
Lasik eye surgery
I had it done about 5 years ago and it was AWESOME! I could see better than 20/20 almost immediately after the procedure! After wearing glasses since age 8-9, it was absolutely amazing to be able to SEE clearly!! I'd recommend it to anyone who's dependent on glasses 24/7.
Lasik eye surgery
Hi, I had it 4 years ago, my husband is far sighted and had it done 8 years ago, my sister had it and we are all THRILLED!!!
Gallbladder surgery????????? nm
You swear to never have another surgery sm
because you know exactly what they will be doing to you.
Surgery in India
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Thank you all, my first back surgery!nm

Orthopaedic surgery
What is the best reference book for orthopaedic op notes?
I had a surgery followed by complications (sm)
that turned into a 3-week hospitalization, about 1 week was in the ICU. When I got the bill it was $150,000...total paid by my insurance company was about $55,000. My portion was $100.00. Don't make too many assumptions based on the bill, it's not an accurate picture.
Plastic surgery at 28?
No surgery...it's the hair
Believe me...my hard drive is loaded with pictures of Clay. I've seen him in concert multiple times...many times right up there in the first couple of rows. I've got every performance, every appearance downloaded on my computer. I've looked at the face a thousand times or more. Plus, believe me, he'd have a hard time hiding plastic surgery from the Claymates. It's the same face...the same nose..the same ears...the same eyes.  It's the longer darker hair, down over his forehead like we've never seen it, that makes him look different....and that's had me not working and needing a cold shower all day.  I loved him before (can you tell )....but man, he's got me going even worse with this new look.
I know 3 people who have had the surgery and

all have had complications 3+ years after the surgery.  They were all done in different locations (states) and by different doctors.  All 3 were done open, not laparoscopic because if there were any complications it is easier to fix during surgery.  My niece, who is one of them is now bulemic.  My 2 girlfriends have had tummy trouble since that eventually require hospitalizations to drain hernias, abscess, etc. 

Lap band surgery
Has anyone had this surgery recently.  My insurance says it absolutely will not pay for this but the surgeon says he can get approval from any insurance company with his documentation, do you think this is possible?  Has any one had an insurance company say no and then authorize it later?
Wish I was doing ortho surgery!!
....I like bones better than organs!!
need plastic surgery
Thanks very much for the info.  I am having breast implants removed actually so want to make sure I find a doctor who really knows what he's doing.  I appreciate your input.  I will talk to some of the nurses; that's a good idea. 
Not working in surgery but
she said she typed the surgery schedule (if you have seen them, that is the patient's identification, room, etc. and what type of surgery they are having)- that I would think would not be dictated and then she said typing and entering surgical reports into the computer. Hmmm, donít really understand that.. entering. Yes, it can be done without much training, that is sure but one only has to look to see what our profession is coming to and the outlook is bleak, to say the least. We hardly ever have a raise, almost unheard of, we just have to type faster and unless working just on operative notes, you need something else. I would not spend a whole bunch of money not knowing what I was getting into, but that is just the frugal side of me. Maybe since they are training her, they can pick up some of the cost she will be out to get started??
Surgery dictation


A friend passed along my name to a lady who does medical billing for a surgeons office, and they are looking for a Transcriptionist also.  This person asked me if I knew of the following:  Do you know of any good toll free services to use for dictation?  I'm not sure what she means?? Any input would be greatly appreciated.



vascular surgery
even i have difficulty with this field, but i know enough to Google words and even bring it to their attention if i am just not sure. i write them down after and i don't forget. i told her to do the same. she does have the new dorland's in her computer. the administrator called me because i recommended her for the job and she trusted me and hired her without really testing. i figured since she had worked in transcription for years, she would know better. i did tell her to call them during business hours and ask for clarification. remind me never to recommend someone.
is the Donald doing surgery now?
today while editing voice recognition....

"patient had tube Donald surgeries...."

knee surgery
half days for a week. Should have stayed off the full time but did rest when I at home.
When comptemplating podiatry work the surgeon said no work for two weeks till off the pain meds due to thought processes possibly being affected.
At the time of my surgery I was not an MT, but

was doing a lot of writing.  I was back to normal as soon as I had my stitches.  I missed 3 days of work and really could have gone back the next day, but was recently married and just took advantage of having a surgery to have some down time.  After a week the stitches were pulling and I had discomfort until they came out at 2 weeks and I was back to normal activity after that.  I found I did lose some strength in my operative hand.  I was the one that could open those stuck jars, can't do it anymore, but I had surgery 20 years ago this year and all is well.  I do get some discomfort if I work a lot of hours, like now when I have been working OT for months, but after some rest it is better. 

They have perfected techniques now and although the surgery wasn't a major surgery when I had it, recovery time is shorter these days. 

Bariatric surgery

My employer is strongly considering outsourcing, so I'm looking for a national company with insurance that will help pay for laparoscopic surgery. 

bariatric surgery
Blue Cross/Blue Shield covers the lap-band, not sure which one you are considering. Go to lapbandtalk.com to search for and ask insurance questions if this is the one you have chosen.
MD-IT has listing for surgery
Go to MTJobs, and the sixth listing is for MD-IT.  They are looking for full-time employees for surgical work.  Good luck. 
I had the surgery and have been symptom free for

15 years now.  Yes, it was painful, more painful than childbirth for me, but I had really easy labors and deliveries.  LOL  Probably the worst pain came from my toddler bouncing on me and bashing my wired shut jaw with his hard little head.  I darn near passed out one time.  I lost 30 pounds in six weeks thanks to the pureed diet.  I still hate soup, milkshakes and pureed foods to this day.  I had to carry wirecutters in my front pocket in case I aspirated.  On the positive side, my symptoms are gone.  The cosmetic results were great, too, because I don't have the overbite and receding jaw now.  It was worth it.

Gallbladder surgery last night? (sm)

You better get to job hunting.  You just got fired over on the company board!

Didn't know about plastic surgery, but...sm
I can't like his music even a smidge less because of how he wants to look. His music makes me smile, makes me want to dance, and can even change my bad mood in an instant! I get a lot of teasing from my friends for liking this guy's music, but I dont' care! My stepson (8) wants to learn a John Mellencamp song so he can play it for me on his new guitar! My husband is also learning to Play Guitar, and has mastered Pink Houses just for me! I get alot of Love and Happiness from being a Mellenhead!

WestchesterMT, right on!