Nov 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm
I was scheduled to have MIE surgery next Friday. Low and behold I get a phone call from my surgeon today informing me that he would rather perform an "open" procedure. His rationale for this was that because of a previous stomach surgery I had years ago, he feels he will be able to create a better and bigger stomach tube with the open procedure (my stomach size is an issue). He also said that it would be easier to get at the nodes and could get a bigger and better sample. He also had discussed this with a couple other surgeons and said they were all in agreement with an open procedure. Again, he wants to do an open procedure only because of a previous surgery I had. So my question is to all of those who have had an open procedure, what should I expect? Does everyone think an open procedure makes sense in this situation? Just curious to see what you all think.