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Adam Sensenig's Story
Adam Sensinig shares his experiences at Maine Medical Center following lifelong treatments for kidney stones.
Adam Sensenig’s: Making the Best of a Chronic Condition
Despite his chronic medical issues, Adam is an upbeat, energetic person. “Things happen in life,” he says. “You can either make the best of it or dwell on the negative and let it bring you down. My condition and the care that I’ve received shaped my life goals. I’ve always been interested in the medical profession. As a kid I wanted to be a doctor, but as I got older I was drawn to nursing and chose that profession instead.”
In 2007, Adam married a native Mainer and they moved here in 2008. Because of his health issues, Adam must see an urologist annually. He had confidence in his doctors at Johns Hopkins, knowing they had experience with his condition, but he preferred to find a local urologist. His primary care physician in Brunswick referred him to Brian Jumper, MD, at Maine Medical Center.
At the time, Adam was having mild discomfort which he didn’t think was serious. He was wrong. Dr. Jumper ordered an ultrasound, followed by a CT scan. “The tests showed that I had two stones in my bladder, each the size of a fist, and a whole slew of stones in my right kidney,” Adam says.
“I knew it was going to take a specialist who knew his stuff to treat me, because my case is so rare,” he continues. “I tend to be a worrywart; I definitely wanted a surgeon who knew what he was doing and I was immediately impressed with Dr. Jumper. He seemed like a good person and a good doctor, and he seemed confident that he could help me. I had nothing to worry about.”
Dr. Jumper wasn’t taking any chances. “When I saw who had treated Adam as an infant and child, I e-mailed my colleague, John Gearhart, MD, the Chairman and Director of Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins,” Dr. Jumper relates. “I outlined my plan of action for Adam's problems and he gave me his blessing to do the surgery on his patient. I had performed several complicated bladder stone extractions in reconstructed bladders, so I was familiar with this type of diversion and what to avoid.”
“Dr. Jumper did an excellent job,” says Adam. “And I was impressed with the nursing care I received at Maine Medical Center.”
Adam was back to work in less than three weeks and feeling great. A couple of months later, however, he began experiencing severe pain in his right flank, accompanied by a fever. A CT scan revealed inflammation and more stones in his right kidney. His renal (kidney) function was down to 15 percent.
“At that point I elected to get rid of that kidney,” Adam says.
Adam’s nephrectomy (kidney removal) was performed in December 2008. The surgery was complicated by scar tissue and adhesions from previous surgeries.
“I understand it took a lot of work to yank that sucker out,” he says.
Dr. Jumper has a more clinical assessment. “Adam had had at least two previous operations on his right kidney,” he says. “These, along with the stone burden he had, caused a tremendous amount of scar tissue to form around his kidney, which made dissection extremely difficult.”
After several hours of trying to chisel through scar tissue which he likened to “virtual concrete,” Dr. Jumper used a laparoscopic endoscope to access the kidney.
“This worked perfectly, as I was physically unable to get my hands in deep enough to suture or tie any ligatures down, especially with the kidney in the middle of the operative field,” Dr. Jumper explains.
Adam’s second surgery went as well as his first. “I had read a lot of horror stories about how tough that surgery was going to be and I prepared myself for the worst,” Adam relates. “It wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. Dr. Jumper proved once more to be top notch. Throughout my hospital stay he was pro-active in my care.”
One year post-op, Adam has had no complications from his surgery. Although he will continue to deal with this condition for the rest of his life, he is hopeful that the chronic kidney stones are behind him.
“For a long time I was feeling pretty crappy,” he admits. “It’s quite a relief to get that kidney out and feel like myself again.
“I’ve received care from renowned surgeons at large, iconic institutions and I feel the care I received from Dr. Jumper and the staff at Maine Medical Center is absolutely second to none,” he continues. “At other hospitals I have felt more like a lab rat than a patient. At MMC I experienced real compassion.”
Adam was also impressed with the quality of the nursing staff at MMC. “The nursing care I received while I was hospitalized was outstanding – again, second to none,” he says. “Being a nurse myself, I’m super-critical.
“The doctors and nurses I saw were all about me, not just learning about me, which was what I had experienced at other institutions,” he continues. “They all cared about my well-being, which was very comforting. I really can’t say enough good things about the care I have received from MMP-Urology and Maine Medical Center.”