Surgery Completed

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Rikimaroo
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Surgery Completed

Postby Rikimaroo » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:03 pm

Hello All,

I have not posted in a while and wanted to give everyone an updated. I had my TME/Live resection done April 3rd. It was rough waking up and a bit painful, but controllable. Getting up for the walks were tough but again tolerable especially with my pain button right there hands away.

I have my temp ileostomy so that will be something I need to work on changing and getting used to but not so bad.

Now I am nervous about the staple removals. If it isn't one thing its another to worry about.

My surgery was suppose to be laparoscopic but the liver resection unfortunately couldn't even though they said they would try. So ofc I had a bigger cut there in that area across my abdomen, which is the most painful of all the cuts.

Healing up and getting better. Staples removal scared. let me know your experience with the staple removal, nervous mostly about belly button area.
Diagnosed at 38 y/o male, 3 kids 7,9,14 - Now 39.
RC T3N1M0
Chemo Rad, CCR - W&W 5/2017
Local Recurrence, discuss options 11/26/2017
CT Scan 11/2017 Liver Met 5.5cm Stable, Stage IV
Port Scheduled for 12/15/2017, folfox/oxapalatin + avastin starts on the 12/20/2017
Blood Clot in Neck 1/16/2018, stop avastin, continue FolFox
TME/Liver Resect 4/3/2018
Biopsy Results 0/8 Lymph nodes clear, margins not clear, CEA now .8, more chemo and possible radiation, outlook looks good, staying positive!!

NHMike
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby NHMike » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:20 pm

Glad you got your surgery - one step down.

I went into the Doctor's Office two weeks after surgery and she pulled them out in an examination room with what were essential pliers. I do not recall much pain in the process - maybe a little tickling.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: Stage 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda +radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx 8 cycles 12/17-6/18

orlar
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Location: oregon

Re: Surgery Completed

Postby orlar » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:43 pm

Can't comment on the staples as I never had them, but hope the healing goes well and you have a smooth ride from here.
56yo male DX 5/15/17, Right Hemi colectomy 6/17
mod diff adenocarcinoma 5.8 x 3.9 x .7cm
3c (T3 N2b M0) 12 of 21 pos
Folfox 7/17-12/17 (no Oxi round 9-12)
12/17 CT=liver/lung mets-Folfox failed Stage 4
MSS KRAS G13D
2/18 PET=liver doubled to 8.5cm +new lesion, lung mets 1.4cm, multi peri./omen. implants
2/18 Folfiri + Avastin (no 5FU after C2)
4/18 PET=liver/lung/implants shrinking and uptake reduced
CEA 5/17-16.2, 12/17-16.1, 02/18-43.0, 3/18-16.9, 4/18-9.0, 5/18-7.2 + 5.5, 6/18-6.4 + 6.9

mozart13
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Location: Toronto

Re: Surgery Completed

Postby mozart13 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:44 am

You had rough last few months man.
Wish you speedy recovery.
55 year at the time of diagnosis, male
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer
Total neoadjuvant therapy or TNT (chemoradiation followed by systemic chemotherapy)
Negative since Feb. '17
No surgery
Watch&Wait approach 8)
I don’t come much to forum , so if this is not updated it means I remain negative!
Wish good luck to all!

heiders33
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby heiders33 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:50 am

I also had my staples removed by my surgeon a couple weeks after surgery and it was no big deal, I barely felt it. I was glad to get them out because they were bothering me. Congrats on being done and swift healing!
36 year-old female
May 2017: Dx rectal cancer at T3N2M0
MSS, no genetic mutations
June-July 2017: 28 days of chemo/radiation
September 2017: laparoscopic LAR surgery with loop ileostomy
October 2017 - February 2018: six rounds of mop-up XELOX
March 12, 2018: reversal
April 16, 2018: CEA 2.1, all blood counts within normal ranges
May 2018: CT scan showed liver spot, MRI scheduled

love3
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby love3 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:54 am

I had a lot of staples including in the belly button area. I am such a baby about those things! I was due to have the staples removed the week that my surgeon was on vacation and I would have had to wait an extra week. My daughter is an ICU nurse and has removed staples before. She spoke with the surgeon about it and he gave her the OK to remove the staples. Even gave her a new (sterile) remover and some steri-strips. I whimpered like a baby when she started the process (I think she was a bit offended) but I didn't feel a thing other than a little tugging and tickling!!!! Totally painless. Piece of cake.
My surgeon also attempted laparoscopic colon resection but due to scar tissue from a C-Section had to open me all the way up. The small incision area where they tried laparoscopic hurt much worse than the large resection incision.
51 female
4/2017 - Routine Colonoscopy-No symptoms
CEA before polyp removal 1.7, CT scans clear
5/2017 - Another Colonoscopy to remove a flat lesion type polyp that could not be removed during original colonoscopy
6/2017 - Colon Resection due to abnormal cells found on polyp. 3/32 lymph nodes positive for cancer
New Diagnosis - IIIa (or possibly b)
11/2017 -Chemo complete-4 rounds of xelox. Full oxi each round, last 2 rounds of xeloda reduced
11/2017-Port Removed
12/2017-CT Scan clear, CEA 1.8 NED

Caat55
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby Caat55 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:26 am

Can't speak to staples, my stitches dissolved. The incision was a surprise but by 8 weeks doing ab work at yoga. Scar is already disappearing. I agree Ileostomy isn't
that bad. I can eat whatever I want now with a lot of chewing. Some foods like spinach, chard and raisins really don't digest.

It amazes me how quickly we adjust to all these changes. Congrats on being through the surgery.
55 y.o. Female
Dx 9/26/17 RC Stage 3
Completed 33 rad. tx, xeolda 12/8/17
MRI and PET 1/18 sign. regression
Surgery 1/31/18 Ileostomy, clean margins, no lymph node involved
Port 3/1/2018
Oxaliplatin and Xeloda start 3/22/18
Last Oxaliplatin 7/5/18, 5 rounds

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Atoq
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby Atoq » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:28 am

I had 30 staples the first time and 20 the second (just more distance between them) and it was absolutely not painful to remove them after 9 days.

Best

Claudia
45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer October 2017
At least T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch negative
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy
25.01.18 laparotomic lar, hysterectomy, ileostomy
05.03.18 core needle biopsy of lung, updated to stage IV
07.05.18 CAT scan, lung metastasis 11 mm
04.06.18 ileostomy reversal
26.06.18 wedge VATS surgery

mobrouser
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Location: Ontario

Re: Surgery Completed

Postby mobrouser » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:29 pm

22 staples over 5 sites; 2 staples were inside my belly button.
Staples were removed at my family doctor's office by the nurse once my doctor had assessed the incisions.
I forgot to bring the removal device they gave me at the hospital, but the office had them as well.
It took about about 10 minutes to remove all of them.
While not painful it was an uncomfortable feeling each time one was plucked. The ones in the belly button did not feel any worse than any of the others.
Hope all goes well for you.

8) mob
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018

Rikimaroo
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby Rikimaroo » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:09 pm

This Tuesday will be 3 weeks out from surgery. Feeling better a little pain around ileostomy but tolerable and not bad.

Tomorrow is staples removal day. I am so nervous, especially for the belly button area. I am going to probably pop an oxycodone. Also I am still draining on the big cut where I had my liver resection. Is this normal. The nurses says it is and I was wondering how long others drained for before it stops. I know I am only 3 weeks out from surgery so maybe 6-9 weeks?
Diagnosed at 38 y/o male, 3 kids 7,9,14 - Now 39.
RC T3N1M0
Chemo Rad, CCR - W&W 5/2017
Local Recurrence, discuss options 11/26/2017
CT Scan 11/2017 Liver Met 5.5cm Stable, Stage IV
Port Scheduled for 12/15/2017, folfox/oxapalatin + avastin starts on the 12/20/2017
Blood Clot in Neck 1/16/2018, stop avastin, continue FolFox
TME/Liver Resect 4/3/2018
Biopsy Results 0/8 Lymph nodes clear, margins not clear, CEA now .8, more chemo and possible radiation, outlook looks good, staying positive!!

Rikimaroo
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby Rikimaroo » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:11 pm

Well Staples removed on Monday and I was nervous for every single one that was pulled some did sting a little, but really not bad at all.

Also did what is called a Flouroscopy with Enema, where they stick a flexible tube up your butt and spray enema to test leakage. That wasn't to bad either but not fun.

Next step, tomorrow meet with Chemo doctor to decide if more chemo needed I will also get my biopsy results from everything they took out of me during surgery. I hope no more Chemo and all is clear!!
Diagnosed at 38 y/o male, 3 kids 7,9,14 - Now 39.
RC T3N1M0
Chemo Rad, CCR - W&W 5/2017
Local Recurrence, discuss options 11/26/2017
CT Scan 11/2017 Liver Met 5.5cm Stable, Stage IV
Port Scheduled for 12/15/2017, folfox/oxapalatin + avastin starts on the 12/20/2017
Blood Clot in Neck 1/16/2018, stop avastin, continue FolFox
TME/Liver Resect 4/3/2018
Biopsy Results 0/8 Lymph nodes clear, margins not clear, CEA now .8, more chemo and possible radiation, outlook looks good, staying positive!!

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susie0915
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Re: Surgery Completed

Postby susie0915 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:52 pm

Praying for good results on your biopsy.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoid/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod
7/17 no change lung nod
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule
5/18 CEA<.5, clear CT pel/abd/lung nod no change


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