Sep 01, 2010 - 9:50 pm
To make a long story short, I have a problem with lymph fluid (chyle) drainage in my neck. Over the past week; with a drain tube in my neck, a pressure dressing, and a modified diet, the fluid drainage output is almost zero - much to my ENT's surprise. Tuesday, he removed the drain but I still have the dressing and modified diet. I go in on Friday for a potential surgery.
If the chyle has collected in my neck again, I will have surgery to fix the path for the drainage. If the chyle has not collected, then maybe no surgery. I get the feeling that ENT will push for surgery to be on the safe side.
ENT says that if I wait and chyle becomes a problem during treatment, he would just admit me on the spot and do surgery that day. It would disrupt treatment. If I do surgery now, I will get about a week before treatment starts, meaning I get rads/chemo on fresh surgical site.
Question is: Do surgery now to be on the safe side or wait and go through treatment on the off chance that the chyle will not recollect and avoid another surgery/recovery?
Thanks in advance for the input.