Topic: Mr J had surgery!

Good news to report.  My brother had surgery on Tuesday and is doing great!  7 hours..whew...the surgeon was having difficult finding any cancer (yea!) but kept going until he found some (boo!).  What a difference from the other surgeon we saw who was doubtful about doing surgery at all.  Anyway, they took right lobe of liver, bile ducts, gall bladder and re-routed small intestine to liver (I think).  He's progressed better than we expected and was up in a chair next day and walking a bit.  No nauseau and was hungry right away, although they won't give him food.  They did see some microscopic spots on left lobe, but we're not going to worry about that.  The doctor says he'll be sending him on to oncology where he'll likely start some sort of therapy in 5-6 weeks.

So, good news and bad.  Were hoping they were all wrong with diagnosis but glad that he was a good surgical candidate and they got most of it out.

Can anyone suggest what he should be watching for immediately after surgery?

thanks!

candy

Re: Mr J had surgery!

CandyZ... Any chills, fevers, or incisional swelling.  Also, any uncomfortable feeling of belly extension.  Basically keeping an eye open for any post surgical infection that happens often internally.  Don't hesitate for a moment to head for a ER if chills or fever.  Glad to hear surgery was completed and he is already walking.
God Bless,
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

Re: Mr J had surgery!

Thanks Jeff....I talked to him today and I guess he is showing some signs of infection and they put him on antibiotics.  He's still in hospital since surgery was just Tuesday so that's good.  All in all, I think he's doing great and no major problems at this point.  Keeping fingers crossed and praying.