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Oh, you sweet summer child

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As a doctor and a father of 3 c-section kids, I can say the advice above is pretty good. A couple of other things to be aware of:
Breastfeeding might not be easy for you, it's not a straightforward as you think. Commencing breastfeeding after a c-section is harder, because your body didn't make all the hormones to get things started ahead of time. It will take at least a couple of days of hard work, and your boyfriend may have to help - quite literally attempting milk you, collecting colostrum in a syringe to give to baby.

It's not uncommon for c-section babies to need a little time in the nursery - they weren't quite ready to come out, after all. That might mean just some time to warm them up properly, or some higher percentage oxygen while their lungs kick into gear. Because you're stuck in bed for 24-48 hours, that means you can't go and see baby. That really sucks for the mother, and it'll be your boyfriends job to take tons of photos to show you, and also to collect breast milk and bring it to the nursery.

Do not let any nurse or midwife take out your catheter until your doctor has said it's ok. On the same point, do not let anyone send you home before you've peed and pooped on your own.

Look after your wound and your stomach - all your muscles will already be stretched from the pregnancy, plus the wound on top of that. Don't lift anything heavier than your baby until it's finished healing. You don't want to get a hernia.

Fill your freezer and fridge with leftovers in the days before your surgery. Whether that's food you prepare yourself or is brought by friends and family. You won't be in a state to cook for a little while.

Maternity wards are usually great about having partners around 24/7 if that's what you want, but be ok with him leaving occasionally. The rest of the world keeps going and stuff needs to get done, plus he might need some space to process how his life is changing. That space will rarely be afforded to you though, unfortunately.

The first two weeks are comparatively easy - baby will probably just sleep and eat and be pretty easy, because they're exhausted from being born. After 2 weeks is when things start to get going and all the little challenges start. That tends to coincide with when partners leave runs out and they have to go back to work, which really sucks for everyone. Enlist as much family support as you can.

Congratulations, and best of luck!

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Your doctors have probably thought of this, but look into ablation techniques for treatment - am interventional radiologist precisely inserts a needle through the skin to the center of the tumor. The needle is connected to an energy source to essentially cook the tumor inside the body. No surgery required, though you do get anaesthetised. It also preserves the maximum amount of normal kidney. Painful for a couple days, but much faster recovery.

Source: I have performed this procedure.

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I'm a radiologist in Australia. I mainly work in the public system, which is similar to the NHS, generally speaking.
If a doctor is worried about their patient and is concerned that the waitlist for a public scan is too long, all it takes is a phone call. Depending on how worried the referring doctor is, I could cut the wait down to within a week with no issues. I could even get it done same day, though in that case I'd suggest the patient get admitted to hospital if things are that concerning.

Of course, I can't do this for literally everybody, or else it's just the same waiting list. But if someone is worried, strings can be pulled.

I'd be surprised if those same strings couldn't be pulled in the UK.

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I'm a radiologist.
Have you got any images that you can share (de-identified of course). Xrays/CT/MRI?
Pre and post op would both be interesting.