Ranunculaceae wrote:34 year old on pre-op folfox + panitumumab for stage 4, surgery to be scheduled in a couple of months. Going to have ascending colon resection (no stoma), small liver resection and a pretty massive lymph node dissection (many positive nodes around the ascending colon and retroperitoneal). Any tips on reducing the chance of adhesions/complications and recovery from surgery? Anything I can do beforehand to prepare?
I did a lot of core strength training between chemo and radiation and surgery. Also did a lot of walking and some running. I think that these helped with recovery and lack of pain from open surgery. Strength overall is helpful as you have to depend on other body parts to compensate for surgery weaknesses.
Learn about the preop routine and get your logistics in order.
Use a board-certified colorectal surgeon at a high-volume cancer center. There are papers out there on statistical differences between these places and others. Don't use a general surgeon.
Support helps (people to drive you, bring your things to you after surgery, etc).