1 (edited by rgreen50 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:50:44)

Topic: My Dad's Surgery Today

On March 4th, my dad was diagnosed with Hilar Cholangiocarinoma at Westchester Medical Center where they placed a plastic stent in the bile duct. After a long month of second, third and fourth opinions (Mayo, Columbia, Montefiore), my dad went in for surgery at 8:00am today with Dr. Jarnagin at MSKCC.  We are very confident with Dr. Jarnagin and are hoping for the best. 

This website has been invaluable for my family and me to get information about this difficult disease.  I will be sure to update with good news.

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Hi,
Thanks for your compliment  about our website .It is a collective effort and all the members are volunteers as well.
I am glad that you pursuit more than one opinion and find the best solution for your dad.  Dr. Jarnagin is one of the top liver surgeon in the New York area and your dad will be in good hands.
As you may have known already, surgery is the only possible cure for this disease.and the surgery may take around 8 hours .I hope the surgery will be uneventful and your dad will be discharged  in  a week or so.
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

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Dear RGREEN50, welcome to our extraordinary family but sorry you had to find us. As Percy said, you have done the deed well by getting other opinions and ending up in such good hands. I hope for all to go smoothly and I pray for God to come through the hands of Dr. Jarnagin. Please keep us posted on your Dad's progress as we truly care.
I also Thank you for complimenting our Board, but honestly, we get back so much more than we give. Looking forward to good news!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Hi Rgreen,

Welcome to the site. Sorry that you had to find us all and I'm sorry to hear about your dad. But I'm glad that you've joined us all hear as you are in the right place for support and help which you will get loads of from everyone here.

Thanks for sharing about your dad and I am glad to hear that he is having his surgery today. My fingers will be crossed for him and I so hope that it goes well. Please let us know how it goes. Your dad certainly did the right thing in seeking out further opinions about his options.

Keep coming back here and let us know how everything goes. We are here for you and we care.

My best wishes to you and your dad,

Gavin

Any advice or comments I give are based on personal experiences and knowledge and are my opinions only, they are not to be substituted for professional medical advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified doctor or medical professional.

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rgreen50....a tidal wave of good wishes are heading your Dad's way.  Please, keep us informed.
Hugs
Marion

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Welcome rgreen50 to the site but I am so sorry to hear about your father.  You were wise to seek other opinions on your quest for treatment options.

I wish your father best wishes and a speedy recovery from his surgery.  I look forward to reading your update when you post.

Hugs,
-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Success!  My dad made it out of surgery yesterday after a long 6 hours.  Dr. Jarnagin was very pleased with the surgery and we are all happy to have the first part of this journey done with. 

Here's to a successful recovery!

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Fantastic news.  All good wishes are heading your way.
Hugs,
Marion

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Dear RGreen, YIPPEE! This is music to our ears. A new Super Hero and I am wishing for him to have a very speedy and comfortable recovery. What a good feeling it is. I can't help it I must give another YIPPEE!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Great news!  I hope he recovers quickly and is feeling better soon.

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Wonderful! Here's to his smooth recovery!
Willow

Willow

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Hi Rgreen,

That is excellent news about your dad and his surgery! Please keep us updated on how everything goes for him and my fingers are crossed for a great recovery too!

Best wishes to you and your dad,

Gavin

Any advice or comments I give are based on personal experiences and knowledge and are my opinions only, they are not to be substituted for professional medical advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified doctor or medical professional.

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More good news! My dad should be getting out of the hospital on Sunday/Monday.  Recover from the surgery was much more difficult than any of us expected.  Having said that, he is nearly back to full strength and will be walking out the door on his own two feet!

I'm hoping to write up a more extensive summary of his recovery to help inform and educate others about this surgery.  I may just be naive, but we had no idea how this was going to effect him and were surprised and scared at first.  I know I would have appreciated a 1st/2nd hand account ahead of time so that i could better understood the recovery process.

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Dear Rgreen

The recovery from a Whipples can appear slow. My father was in the hospital for 6 weeks however despite this long road (it took a while for his bowels to re-start working) in 6 weeks he was pretty much back to 100% and eating normally.

It was amazing to see. So I suggest that your Dad and your family give the body some time to delay with the surgery (which naturally is a big surgery) and ensure he rests enough.

I would trust the nursing staff on what he can and cannot do at this stage.

All the best

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This is superb news about your dad, thanks for sharing with us!! So glad to hear that he should be out this weekend and I bet that he can't wait to get home! Nothing like being home after all!

His strength will continue to increase as his recovery progresses and please remember to keep us updated on how that goers. And I look forward to reading your summary of everything as well, that will be of great use to many people too.

Best wishes to you and your dad,

Gavin

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Rain...please do - please share your thoughts.  You will help someone else understand.
Wishing for continued success with your Dad's recovery.
Hugs,
Marion

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