Feb 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm
I asked my surgeon to take photos so I could see what I was fighting against. He sent them this morning. I thought you might find it interesting to see what many of you have gone through and what it looks like.
Surgery started with TORS with the DaVinci Robot to excise the back of my tongue for biopsies and remove the lingual tonsils.
The first two images are looking into my mouth with the DaVinci Robot doing the work. Notice the rather odd creepy face like image on the right side.
This is 1 of two samples they took from the back of my tongue. You can see how large it is and the dye they used to identify certain areas to examine. It's no wonder I was hurting as much as I was after surgery!
Here is the second sample. Again, dye markers are clearly visible.
After the TORS, a selective neck dissection was performed. You can clearly see the blood vessels and nerves in my neck.
This last image are the two biopsy samples and the really large long things are Jack along with the additional lymph nodes. That's one heck of a large tumor!! Glad to have Jack out of me. Now, it's rads and chemo to make sure we eradicate any minions he might have left behind.