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Kidney removal in a day: Your views

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Some of the patients don't stay overnight after surgery

The University of North Staffordshire Hospital is the only place in the world to perform kidney removal as day case surgery.

The patient is allowed to go home the same day as the operation, rather than stay in hospital overnight, if they so wish. Usually it is typical for a patient to stay in hospital for one to three nights after such an operation.

BBC News website readers have told us about their own experiences with the procedure and their views about it.

YOUR COMMENTS

I have a kidney removal in June this year, and I would say that I would not have been able to go home the same day but 24 hours later, it was more of a possibility. I am very fit and well. I am 38, with support from my husband I was able to leave the hospital after three nights stay. The biggest issue is actually being able to have quiet and to rest, you can do that at home but not hospital. But being able to literally get off the bed and move to the toilet was not possible the same day.
Maria, Reading, UK

I want to stay at least one week in the hospital because of complications and other things. It is a very serious surgery and one has to be careful.
Connie Mendoza, New Jersey, USA

Our three-year-old son had a kidney removed by keyhole surgery just over a year ago at the Manchester (Pendlebury) children's hospital so I would dispute that the North Staffordshire are the only ones doing it as day cases. He had three small incisions, all of which have left a really small and hardly visible scar. We reported in at 0730, he was operated on at 0930 and home by 2000 the same day. Fantastic work by very talented surgeons and thankfully no complications. He is very fit and well now.
Tim Dixon, Blackpool, UK

This is a great idea. As long as there are safety nets in place, this could speed up waiting times, free up beds, save millions and actually aid patients' recovery. And I know from experience that safety nets are in place. When I had some major complications from a routine operation (nothing to do with being sent home early, I was just unlucky), I went to A&E where they sent me straight up to the correct inpatient ward, who knew exactly what I'd had done and how to treat it. Easy. I wish this were more readily available.
A-M, Sheffield, UK

I had my kidney removed by keyhole surgery a year last October in Halifax. Psychologically and physically this would not have been an option for me personally to go home the same day. Medical staff check your urine output to make sure that the other kidney is working well, but also help you get on your feet and walking. I had the surgery on a Monday, and allowed home on the Friday, by which time I was both walking with more comfort, and the other kidney had picked up the slack.
Gemma Shoebridge, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada

My left kidney was removed in June 1992 the old fashioned way- a 12 inch cut in my side. Had I the option of "keyhole" kidney removal, the choice would have been obvious because so much less damage would have been done to my body, and more or less constant back pain would have been avoided. If you are young enough for quick recovery and if you are in the hands of competent people, the choice is obvious. It also helps if you are not in fear of pain.
Henry R. Rupp, North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

I had a kidney removed less than three weeks ago and I am amazed to read this story! I was in hospital for three days and at home I needed someone to wait on me hand and foot for a week. The procedure I had was a robotic laparoscopic nephrectomy, so my recovery should be pretty good. During my stay in hospital I could hardly walk, was on drips and oxygen, could not get myself out of bed. As far as I have been told my recovery in hospital was typical, I see no way that you could have a kidney out and be well enough to go home the same day. Amazing, what's the trick?
Steve Collier, Torbay, UK



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