Topic: Drainage after liver resection?
I joined this group on my 77 yr. old Mom's behalf. She was diagnosed with extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in July 2011, and had a liver resection on July 29, 2011. They removed a little under half her liver, the smaller than a golf ball size tumor and also the left hepatic bile duct. She remained in the hospital for two weeks, was released with the drainage tubes.
She is still draining fluid. We have top notch liver surgeons here in Richmond, Virginia that are seeing her...they say that every person drains differently and we just have to be patient. It has been six weeks since the surgery....does anyone have a similar experience of draining for this long?
We are eager for the draining to stop. Once that is done, she will have radiation for 6 weeks and also take Xledol (sp?) chemo pills during the radiation. They could not get a clear margin on one side of the tumor because of the common bile duct, and has markers for CC still.
She is staying positive, eating really well and we continue to pray.
God Bless, and thank you for any insight!