Dec 05, 2013 - 3:04 pm
I am scheduled for surgery on the 18th to remove the right lower lobe. A biopsy revealed NSCLC. They will stage after the lymph nodes are checked with the surgery.
What should I expect from the surgery? How is recovery? I know there can always be complications, but in general what is the normal hospital stay and the return to 'normal' time frame? Also the pain?
A short background on me: was dx in 2009 with heart murmur caused by aortic valve, will need replaced in future; dx with non-hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, and received chemo, remission 2012; 1/2013 valve replacement recommended, postponed because caring for my mother; 8/2013 pre-op heart cath, shows dialated aorta, CTA scan ordered - results show 1.6 cm on right lung (in previous scans of 2012 this nodule was noted at 6mm, onc said no worry); 9/2013 biopsy confirms NSCLC, referred to surgeon who refuses to do surgery prior to having heart surgery; Consult second surgeon who will do aortic valve replacement surgery and will attempt to do lobectomy at the same time if possible; 10/25/2013 have open heart surgery, replace valve and also does a graft on the root, cannot do lobectomy. (I have to say the OHS was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Was in the hospital 5 days, can't remember having much pain, well medicated. After 6 weeks, I am doing well, only a little soreness when I twist my body, and lack of stamina.) And now on to the next surgery!
I appreciate any comments to help me get through this.