Mar 21, 2013 - 12:30 pm
We saw the doctors yesterday and they said if dad has the surgery it will be an Open esophagectomy. The doctor felt the MEI wouldn't be the best option because of diff. getting to certain lymphnodes for removal. The surgeon said he was presenting dad's case during a tumor meeting this evening to get other feedback. The hesitation the surgeon has is due to all the surgical set backs my father had in the beginning with J-tube infection and all the chances of major complications. Unfortantly, he said he will have to place another J-tube to supplement nutrition but is very aware of infection possiblity with second so he will watch that closely. Worse case scenerio he would have to remove it again and dad would be fed through IV. He could call us tommorrow and say it's not worth the risk and dad said if that's the case it is what it is at this point. When the surgeon spoke about the complications and all the tubes after surgery, it freaked my father out, me too!!! It sounds so scary and I left thinking, is it worth it? Should we just be happy with the complete response to chemo/radiation and start marking off things on my dad's bucket list? It's Dad's decision, we all know that, but the thought of this surgery is making me very nervous. MEI vs. Open Esph is a totally different ball game. I pray God gives my dad some clarity to make this decision easier for him.