Jan 31, 2014 - 8:50 am
Well, I met with the surgeon yesterday. Dr. James Knoll at UMHS. He's been doing liver (and other) surgeries since 1980 and he was quick to gain my confidence. He explained the procedure to me, my wife, and my sister and walked us through the MRI images.
There is a clear small tumor in the liver (near the surface). This will be the primary focus of the surgery. There is another spot in the corner of the liver near the gall bladder. Given the location of the tumor and the fact that this is a second liver resection he will need to do this procedure via open surgery (no laparoscopic surgery this time). He plans to ultrasound as much of the liver as he can and remove any additional questionable spots he sees. The primary objective will be to remove the tumor that shows up on the MRI images. The secondary objective will be to explore the spot near the gall bladder. If there is any question about this spot he will remove it along with the gall bladder.
Surgery is scheduled for Friday, February 7 (next Friday). I will be in the hospital for six days and then hoping to work part time from home a couple weeks after that.
I'll meet with the oncologist after this to discuss additional chemo as well.
I am not sure but I think this procedure is going to force me into short term / long term disability. I'm not looking forward to the paperwork, pay reductions, and other challenges that may be related to this.
I sure am hoping and praying that this intervention will be followed by a long remission!!!
God Bless us all and Peace be with you!
Oh, and happy Friday!!!