Aug 30, 2010 - 9:59 pm
I hate to keep posting all these questions, but I have searched the internet and can't find an answer. I realize I need to talk to the doctor about it, but am trying to save my questions for closer to surgery, so am hoping y'all can help.
My husband will be having modified radical neck dissection (one side only), plus they are taking out the tumor down the throat via the mouth and doing some work through the neck. There will be reconstruction with a flap in the throat. Surgery will last about 8 hours and he will likely come out with a trach for a few days due to swelling. He'll be in ICU for a few days, then hospital for a few more. Scheduled for 9/15.
I am trying to figure out what kind of recovery we can expect. If he's in the hospital for 7-10 days - and comes home, will he be able to stay home alone while I go to work the next week?? Will he need constant care for a couple of weeks?
We have no idea what to expect as far as recovery. Anybody had anything like this that could give us an idea of recovery??
THANK YOU so much.