Aug 01, 2004 - 11:54 am
Hi all... been pretty hectic here... Hope all is going well with you and yours.. Hubby finally got a day for liver resection - Aug. 24 at Hopkins. We have a lot of pre-op stuff to do this month and I have some questions for anyone who has had this type of surgery... Excuse me if I ramble :)
1. If you have had this surgery, what was your recovery like at home. What was the insision like/located/how big. Were there drainage tubes? If so what was care like? ie; I am wondering if my hubby will need me at home following the suregery to help with drssings, etc. or will he be able to do this himself. I wonder whether I should stay home from work...and for how long...
2. What type of folow-ups are there after surgery. Were there stiches and/or staples. When did they get removed? Tubes/drainages/dressings - how long till they were removed?
3. Will hubby be able to get up and down stairs following surgery?
4. any other helpful advice appreciated.
Hubby has been having a very difficult time now that chemo is wearing off - he also has Rheumatoid Arthritis and has unbelievable pain from constant flare-ups along with a sore throoat/ear. He just started antbiotics today. He is supposed to be giving blood and participate in a study using his plasma as a "glue" for the surgery. I wonder if the antibiotics will effect his blood donation. i will have to call the hosp. tomorrow... Anyone else out there with RA? If so, how was it controlled during chemo and after chemo? Hubby didn't have flare ups during chemo, but as I said, he is now in unbearable pain, taking Vicadin every 6 hrs. I am to call tom. for new rx without tynenol, as onc. doesn't want him taking so much due to the poss. efffects on liver... Any advice appreciated....
The reality of this is starting to really sink in now, and we are both nervous about the surgery... Please keep us in thoughts and prayers and any advice for pre-op or post-op is greatly appreciated!!