Surgery during covid-19

Posted by guidant07 @guidant07, Jun 28, 2020

I am a 1981 kidney transplant recipient. On July 7 2020 I am scheduled to have knee replacement surgery at Rochester Methodist hospital. Listening to the news today covid-19 cases are starting to rise again along with my anxiety level! I am thinking about rescheduling. Any thoughts?

@debyrichardson17 congratulations on your new liver. I too had a liver transplant in Dec 2019. Mine was on the 16th. God bless you that your 6 month follow up went well. Can I ask how much Prograf you are currently taking? Also, do you have any other medical issues like diabetes etc
? I moved to FL 2 years ago when I got married. Before then, I lived the DMV (lol) for 31yrs. Where abouts in VA do you live?

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@debyrichardson17

I was blessed to receive a liver transplant on 12.30.19. I had a biopsy performed last week. All went well. I'm in Va. Don't wait nervously for the other shoe to drop it all ready has you you survived.

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@debyrichardson17, Welcome to Mayo Connect. It is my honor to meet you and to join @tjgisewhite, in congratulating you on your liver transplant.
I am glad to hear that all went well for you. You have certainly had unique journey with transplant before COVID19, and now a post transplant biopsy that involved the extra safety protections. Do you think that you were extra nervous before the procedure because of COVID19? What would you say to someone to reassure them as they awaited an outpatient procedure? What made you feel the most safe and secure in the midst of this pandemic?

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My faith. I have lived many years in fear and in denial. I'm a very calm person today. I know the hospital (UVA) TOOK EXTRA precautions because of my low immune system. I also live in southwest VA. I don't agree with all the diagnostic results to begin with. This virus is real and could totally take down someone like me but if you need a surgery to give you a better quality of life do it. GOD Bless.

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@debyrichardson17

I was blessed to receive a liver transplant on 12.30.19. I had a biopsy performed last week. All went well. I'm in Va. Don't wait nervously for the other shoe to drop it all ready has you you survived.

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@debyrichardson17, I want to invite you to the discussion > Post Transplant Surgery and Early Recovery: What's normal?
You just need to click on the link below, and you will be taken directly to the discussion with other newly transplant patients.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-liver-transplant/
When you get there, I ask you to say hi, and share a little about your recent post transplant and early recovery -for example: Did anything stand out or surprise you?

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@guidant07, I would like to send this as a virtual Get Well Card or a Thinking of You Card. Did you have you knee replacement surgery in July?

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Hi Rosemary, Thank you so much for the get well card! I had the knee replacement on July 7 and it went very well. I am coming up on week six post surgery and everything is going well. Had a couple of bad pain days but got through it. This week I am weaning myself from using crutches I tried doing it on the third week and it was to early. Mayo staff was awesome!!! My wife stayed at the kahler and their staff was awesome too. Stay one night in Methodist hospital and home on the eighth.
Hope ał is weł with you,
Tom thulin

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@guidant07

Hi Rosemary, Thank you so much for the get well card! I had the knee replacement on July 7 and it went very well. I am coming up on week six post surgery and everything is going well. Had a couple of bad pain days but got through it. This week I am weaning myself from using crutches I tried doing it on the third week and it was to early. Mayo staff was awesome!!! My wife stayed at the kahler and their staff was awesome too. Stay one night in Methodist hospital and home on the eighth.
Hope ał is weł with you,
Tom thulin

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@guidant07, This sounds great! I'm happy that everything has worked out well for you and for your wife. I agree that Mayo Methodist is a super place for medical care and the entire staff is amazing. Glad your wife was able to stay nearby and was well cared for, too.
All is well with me because all is well with my liver and kidney! Thanks for asking.

Since my transplant, I find that it takes me longer to heal. Did your anti-rejection medications have any effect on the procedure? Or your healing time?

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Kidney and liver transplsnt thst is Awesome! How long since the transplant? We are truly blessed for the dedicated medical professionals for making organ transplant possible! I am only on Prednisone and immuran for antirejection meds. No problems.

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@guidant07

Kidney and liver transplsnt thst is Awesome! How long since the transplant? We are truly blessed for the dedicated medical professionals for making organ transplant possible! I am only on Prednisone and immuran for antirejection meds. No problems.

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@guidant07, My transplant surgery was in April 2009. It was called a simultaneous surgery: 1 donor, 1 surgery, 2 organs. Both organs began to work immediately after surgery, and they still are. Taking care of myself is a top priority and every day is a day to give thanks. I was taking prednisone for several years until the research showed that I could stop taking it. I do, however continue with my other 2 other anti-rejection medications.
After my transplant, I wanted to regain my strength and endurance so husband and I could do some hiking. How about you? What do you want to do when you are recovered and walking again?

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@rosemarya

@guidant07, My transplant surgery was in April 2009. It was called a simultaneous surgery: 1 donor, 1 surgery, 2 organs. Both organs began to work immediately after surgery, and they still are. Taking care of myself is a top priority and every day is a day to give thanks. I was taking prednisone for several years until the research showed that I could stop taking it. I do, however continue with my other 2 other anti-rejection medications.
After my transplant, I wanted to regain my strength and endurance so husband and I could do some hiking. How about you? What do you want to do when you are recovered and walking again?

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That is amazing! A couple of years ago I asked my team about dropping prednisone but since I am on a really low (5mg/day) for the last forty years they asked " is the risk worth it to you?" Have no physical side affects and I am aware of long term affects but decided to leave things as is! I really don't get sick that often. 40 years out I still watch what I eat and keep active. It seems to have worked. My kidney is now 91 years old from my dad who passed in 2007. Miss him but blessed that a part of him is still a live in me. After knee recovery Jackie & I hope yo go camping with the grandchildren and I would like to get back to shepherding with our German shepherd

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@guidant07

That is amazing! A couple of years ago I asked my team about dropping prednisone but since I am on a really low (5mg/day) for the last forty years they asked " is the risk worth it to you?" Have no physical side affects and I am aware of long term affects but decided to leave things as is! I really don't get sick that often. 40 years out I still watch what I eat and keep active. It seems to have worked. My kidney is now 91 years old from my dad who passed in 2007. Miss him but blessed that a part of him is still a live in me. After knee recovery Jackie & I hope yo go camping with the grandchildren and I would like to get back to shepherding with our German shepherd

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@guidant07, You and your dad share the ultimate father-son relationship. What an honor for him to have witnessed your improved life after your transplant while he was still alive.
Now that I know that your dad was your donor, I think I can understand why you don't need additional immuno-suppression medications like I do. Mine was from a stranger and not a perfect match.

I don't know when Mayo (or anyone) started doing living kidney transplants, do you?

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@rosemarya and @guidant07, Mayo Clinic's first kidney transplant was a living donor transplant and occurred in 1963. We performed our first deceased donor kidney transplant 4 years later in 1967. Just some stats that might interest you. Have a great day!

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