Topic: What happens after surgery?

My father's tumor was successfully removed in Buenos Aires by an excellent surgeon back in October of last year.  However, since then he has turned yellow twice and developed an infection.  He has had all types of tests and the surgery seems totally fine...(they removed 2/3 of his liver and reconstructed the bile ducts) however, no one tells us why is it that his cholangitis is returning...has any of you know of a similar experience?

2 (edited by marions Mon, 02 Jun 2008 02:36:50)

Re: What happens after surgery?

moncap, welcome to the site and congratulations on the successful surgery your Dad has had.  Cholangitis and infection have been mentioned occuring post surgery, and thereafter.  In fact, Peter had written about it, several times.  You might want to use the search function by entering cholangitis and Peter as the author.  Hopefully, it will lead you to the thread.  Possibly, you can join Peter on his life chat scheduled for Wednesday the 4th of June.  You might have a chance of mentioning it to him, then. 
Others may also have some suggestions.
Marions

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Re: What happens after surgery?

Dear marions,

Thank you for your reply; I will try to join the chat and encourage my dad to participate as well.

moncap

Re: What happens after surgery?

moncap,
Cholangitis, actually called ascending cholangitis, is an infection that occurs where the tiny bile duct that now replaces the common bile duct is sewn direction into the intestine.
When caught early, your Dad should take note of how his body signals infection (headache, low grade fever, tingly skin perhaps), antibiotics usually help.  Often patients will be on a low dose of prophylactic antibiotic or, on their doctors orders, keep antibiotic available for when an infection comes on.
In my case I have found that mucus producing foods like dairy and coffee tend to increase my chance of infection.

Hope this helps.

-Peter