Topic: Surgery day is almost here!
The day we thought would never come is almost here. Lauren, my 27 year old daughter, will have part 1 of a 2 part resection on Tues. 3/26 at University of Michigan Hospital. We saw Dr. Sonnenday a couple of weeks ago and he might try a different surgical approach if he thinks it is possible once he looks around. Instead of doing the smaller surgery first, he would do the big surgery first where he would split the liver and leave both sides inside Lauren. They will tie off the right side so that it shrinks way down. After 7-10 days in the hospital, they will go back in and remove the right side. I don't really understand the reasoning of doing it that way, but Dr. S says that it is advantageous in that the 2nd surgery can be so soon rather than having to wait 6 weeks for the original way he was planning on doing it. This way cancer won't have time to spread since Lauren has not been on chemo for some time. Dr. S said this surgery has only been done about 50 times in the US, more in South America. If her surgeon wasn't Dr. Sonnenday, I would be very nervous. I am nervous just a little, but U of M and all the doctors couldn't be better. Lauren is not nervous for the surgery. She is just scared about the breathing tube, which hopefully will be out when she wakes up. Please pray that Lauren has a great outcome from the surgery and also pray for Dr. Sonnenday and his wonderful team. I will keep you all updated. We will be leaving for Michigan on Monday.
Love and hugs to all,
My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.