May 15, 2007 - 10:42 pm
My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer on October 206. After several treatments of chemo, he underwent Bladder Removal surgery on March 15th, 2007. His procedure was an Ileal neobladder (build a new bladder with small intestines). He was released from the hospital after 9 days. All the scans show'd that the bladder sugery was very successful. He was home around 5 days and we noticed that one of his wounds opened back up and what looked like bowel was oozing out. He was re-admitted to MD Anderson and the scan results show'd that he had a small hole in his small intestines. They put him on a diet of no liquids and no foods, he had a pickline put in his arm and was fed with TPN. This went on for several weeks. The wounds started healing from the inside out and all looked beautiful. His new bladder was on the right tack and the intestines show'd to be repairing it self. Then all of a sudden one of his wounds opened back up and again, bowel started oozing back out. Once again, he was re-admitted to MDA and back on TPN (Intrvenous feedings) His doctor is telling us that surgery to repair the intestines can't be preformed yet because it's too soon after his initial bladder surgery. At this point, I'm helpless. Has anyone out there experienced anything like this? My husband orginally weighed 197lbs and is now weighing 152lbs. It is killing me seeing once a very strong, active man become so week and helpless.