Nisha T. lives with her husband Rajesh and two children in Nakuru, Kenya. In August 2011 during a medical trip to India, an abdominal ultrasound detected the presence of a well-defined, solid lesion* in her lower left kidney. Her Indian doctor suggested further investigation or a biopsy. Nisha ignored the advice for a few months until, back in Kenya, she read that this type of lesion carries a high chance of malignancy.
Two Israeli friends living in Nakuru referred her to a urologist, Dr. Zwika Luttwak, at Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Dr. Luttwak suggested she undergo an MRI scan in Nairobi, which revealed the need to have the lesion removed.
Nisha traveled to Assuta in March 2012 with a friend, was re-diagnosed. Under the direction of chief surgeon Dr. Andrei Nadu, she underwent a robotics-assisted laparoscopy (partial nephrectomy), where the non-malignant tumor was removed. The treatment was successful, and Nisha returned home ten days later, with no further need for chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
"I hold some very fond memories for Dr. Luttwak, Assuta Hospital, and for Israel as a country in general. After all it's like having a new life," said Nisha. "One reason I chose Israel was that I wanted to have my surgery done with latest technology [robotics-assisted laparoscopy], this was at that time only available in a few countries and one of them was Assuta in Israel."
"The patient's official diagnosis was "incidental 4cm, enhancing solid mass in the left kidney, the pathological examination demonstrated papillary type 1 type renal cell carcinoma, Fuhrman grade 1-2, surgical margin free of tumor, T1aNoMo, completely excised."
Last updated on 5 December 2016
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.