Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pre-Op's Complete!

On Tuesday September 18th Bing (donor) had his surgery pre-op and today the 20th Nate had his. So far all tests went well and surgery for Nate is scheduled for 7:30am on the 25th at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

A change did occur.

When discussing options for Nate with the surgeon regarding the size of Nate's current kidney's the surgeon stated they are the biggest he has ever seen and they are estimated at 15 pounds each. (PKD cause kidneys to grow in size)

After some research and discussion with the surgical team Nate's surgeon decided he would remove both of his kidney's before the transplant takes place. The intention is to still do the entire procedure (including transplant) at the same time.

This change will increase the surgery time from 3-4 hours to 7 hours and may require a longer stay in the hospital. Nate will also have a larger incision along his stomach rather than the one that would have been on his side.

Normally, the kidney's would have been removed during a later surgery. 

Nate is excited for this to happen as the size of his kidney's has caused great discomfort.

I am a bit nervous but know that the doctor's know best. We ask for continued prayers and thank all of you for your love and support.

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