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Removing Kidney Tumors

as posted by WFRV TV channel 5 CBS Worldwide Inc

A NEW PROCEDURE AT UW-HOSPITAL IN MADISON.. IS CHANGING THE WAY TUMORS ARE REMOVED FROM THE KIDNEY.. MAKING IT A LOT EASIER ON PATIENTS.

FOR YEARS.. MARY KAY SCHIMMING HAS BEEN DEAING WITH VON HIPPEL-LINDAU DISEASE.. CYSTS AND TUMORS GROW THROUGHOUT HER BODY. MOST OF THEM ARE BENIGN.. BUT IN THE KIDNEY THE TUMORS CAN BECOME CANCEROUS.

YEARS AGO.. MARY KAY HAD SURGERY TO REMOVE EIGHT OF THEM. “The recovery time was six weeks off.. and it took me a good year to fully bounce back.”

WHEN THE TUMORS RETURNED.. MARY KAY HAD A NEW PROCEDURE AT UW HOSPITAL IN MADISON.

Stephen Nakada, MD\UW Hospital “She is perfect for the cryoblation technique.. because it’s very easy for us to identify a tumor that is growing.. we can even treat two or three tumors if we need to.”

IN RENAL CRYOBLATION.. A TINY PROBE UNDER LAPARASCOPIC AND ULTRASOUND GUIDANCE IS INSERTED THROUGH A SMALL INCISION. WHEN THE TUMOR IS LOCATED.. IT’S FROZEN.. DESTROYING THE CANCER CELLS.. WHILE SAVING THE KIDNEY.

Timothy Moon, MD\UW Hospital “The kidneys have a very high blood flow and as soon as you get a little bit away from that area that you’re freezing the blood flow keeps that tissue warm and that’s really unaffected by the freezing process.”

MARY KAY WAS BACK TO WORK IN TWO WEEKS. NEW TUMORS MAY DEVELOP.. BUT SHE NO LONGER WORRIES ABOUT HAVING TO FACE A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. “It’s lifesaving.. it makes me feel alot better facing the disease knowing that I can still live a somwwhat normal lifestyle.”


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