Robotic Surgery

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NHMike
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby NHMike » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:47 am

Basil wrote:Surgery is at three tomorrow. I'm very hungry. Nervous as hell too. But it must be done of course.


Best wishes for a successful surgery.
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.

JJH
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby JJH » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:51 am

Basil wrote:... I'm having robotic surgery Monday that will remove most of my rectum but the surgeon says there's enough to stitch everything back together...

If the surgeon is able to make a good join with stitches rather than with staples, in my opinon that would be preferable. Personally, I don't like the idea of having staples. That's just my personal opinion.

If you've ever seen one of these stapler contraptions, I think you might understand my preference.

http://www.ethicon.com/healthcare-professionals/products/staplers/contour-curved-cutter
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http://www.medicalstapler.com/pic/Curved-Cutter-Stapler.png

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Basil
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Basil » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:26 pm

Thanks for the well-wishes all. Bit too late for any other preparations as I'm in the waiting room now. Will let you know how it goes.
40 y/o male, kids 6&9
Dx 3/16/17, rectal cancer S3,t3,n1,m0
PROSPCT trial (FOLFOX in lieu of chemorad)
FOLFOX 4/5/17 - 6/26/17
LAR 7/31/17, temp ostomy
pathological complete response
NED
adjuvant chemo cancelled
reversal scheduled 9/25/17
(praying I don't have to add on from here)

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:14 pm

I hope your surgery and recovery go well!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/2016
NED 11/10/16

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Maia
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Maia » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:45 pm

Go get it, Basil!! I wish you that everything goes well and you have a smooth recovery.

Soccermom2boys
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Soccermom2boys » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:08 pm

Thinking of you today Basil and hoping for a great outcome with your surgery and a smooth recovery! :D
8/3/15 Went in with a hemorrhoid, came out with a tumor
8/12/15 Biopsy from colonoscopy confirms RC (45 yrs old--zero family history!)
9/21 - 10/29/15 chemorad 28 tx (with Xeloda)
12/17/15 APR with perm colostomy
Pathology report stages me as IIIA (T2N1M0)--1/15 LN detects cancer
2/3/16 chemo port inserted
2/8-6/2/16 8 rounds of Folfox
With these odds, how have I not won the lottery already?!

Basil
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Basil » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:03 am

Made it through! It's nearly 4:00 am and I'm awake and alert for the first time. Bad news is they gave me a temp bag "just to be safer." There is good news as well, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Surgeon was very happy with what he saw when he went in. Said it looked better than the scans.

Pain is there but manageable with hydromorphone. If all goes well I could be discharged in 2-3 days. Thanks for all your well wishes!

Gotta go, a dilaudid nap is calling my name!
40 y/o male, kids 6&9
Dx 3/16/17, rectal cancer S3,t3,n1,m0
PROSPCT trial (FOLFOX in lieu of chemorad)
FOLFOX 4/5/17 - 6/26/17
LAR 7/31/17, temp ostomy
pathological complete response
NED
adjuvant chemo cancelled
reversal scheduled 9/25/17
(praying I don't have to add on from here)

Zack30215
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Zack30215 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:23 am

Mornin' Basil! Congratulations on successful surgery! The ilio isn't that bad once u get used to it. In fact, I almost decided to keep mine rather than go back in for another surgery! I was so afraid of the reversal. Only to find out it was not bad at all. Hang in there and many congrats!!

Basil
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Basil » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:16 am

There is talk that I won't need and post-surgery chemotherapy. This makes me both happy and a little apprehensive. SOC for stage 3 always includes post-surgery chemo, at least that's what I was told. Is that right? Maybe they are talking about downgrading to stage 2? Guess I shouldn't ruin my head thinking out it; surgeon will be by today sometime.
40 y/o male, kids 6&9
Dx 3/16/17, rectal cancer S3,t3,n1,m0
PROSPCT trial (FOLFOX in lieu of chemorad)
FOLFOX 4/5/17 - 6/26/17
LAR 7/31/17, temp ostomy
pathological complete response
NED
adjuvant chemo cancelled
reversal scheduled 9/25/17
(praying I don't have to add on from here)

NHMike
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby NHMike » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:21 am

I think that I read somewhere that the post-op stuff is an area of debate and I guess that what they find when they go in can certainly affect the overall treatment plan.

I think that a chemo break is certainly attractive but I've seen expressions of worry about cancer coming back without the post-surgery chemo.
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.

Aqx99
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:12 am

All I can say is, walk. Walk every chance you get. And once they let you start drinking, drink. Eat every bit of the liquid diet, too. It will get boring, I had the same stuff 3 meals a day for 2 days, but at least it's something.
Anne, 39
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1M0
Diagnosed at age 39
2/21/17 diagnosis
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR with temp loop ileostomy, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 Started CapeOx
7/24/17 Diagnosed with precursor ovarian cancer
CEA at diagnosis 0.9

Basil
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Basil » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:36 am

Just walked for the first time less than 12 hours after surgery. It hurt pretty bad but I'm back in bed now.

I've been admitted to a hospital twice and both times was chomping st the bit to get out. They're talking about discharge tomorrow and I'm not sure. I can hardly get out of bed. Stomach muscles are in all sorts of shitty.
40 y/o male, kids 6&9
Dx 3/16/17, rectal cancer S3,t3,n1,m0
PROSPCT trial (FOLFOX in lieu of chemorad)
FOLFOX 4/5/17 - 6/26/17
LAR 7/31/17, temp ostomy
pathological complete response
NED
adjuvant chemo cancelled
reversal scheduled 9/25/17
(praying I don't have to add on from here)

NHMike
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby NHMike » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:01 am

I don't think that I've ever been admitted to a hospital before outside of outpatient (two times) but my surgeon estimated 3-5 days for me and I'd likely stay there until I was very sure that I wouldn't have to run back for an emergency. That said, I do regular abs workouts (though not so much lately) and I'm hoping that makes recovery easier.

I'm definitely impressed that you're up and about after 12 hours.

Do you workout regularly?
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.

Basil
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby Basil » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:59 am

No but I'm very active and do walk/run regularly. Doc explained that abs are contracted over and over again during surgery so there's soreness mixed in with the trauma.

Just had some breakfast- toast, banana and an egg - and feel much better after 48 hours with nothing.
40 y/o male, kids 6&9
Dx 3/16/17, rectal cancer S3,t3,n1,m0
PROSPCT trial (FOLFOX in lieu of chemorad)
FOLFOX 4/5/17 - 6/26/17
LAR 7/31/17, temp ostomy
pathological complete response
NED
adjuvant chemo cancelled
reversal scheduled 9/25/17
(praying I don't have to add on from here)

NHMike
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Re: Robotic Surgery

Postby NHMike » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:05 am

Basil wrote:No but I'm very active and do walk/run regularly. Doc explained that abs are contracted over and over again during surgery so there's soreness mixed in with the trauma.

Just had some breakfast- toast, banana and an egg - and feel much better after 48 hours with nothing.


I very much appreciate the blog-style of your posts. Gives me an idea of what to expect in a few months.
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.


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