camicom wrote:Hello, just turned 49. Always in shape, haven't eaten red meat in over 20 years, non smoker, light beer drinker, excercise 4-5 a week. No family history.
Mid may I had some rectal bleeding that I went to the ER for They did a CT scan with contrast and bloodwork. Everything came back normal. To be safe I scheduled a colonoscopy for mid June.
Well I'm glad I did. They found a 5CM tumor in my Transverse Colon. My wife and I were stunned. We stumbled out of there like zombies. They did blood work before I left and my CEA was 1.2 and rest of the BW was normal. I was orignally slated to have an oncology surgeon do an open transverse colectomy. After much research, including this forum I decided to pick a colorectal surgeon(came recommended from a friend of my primary who happens to also be a colorectal surgeon for infants. He asked him who he would choose and he said the surgeon I picked). He is going to do a Robot Assisted extended right hemicolectomy. I understand its takes more colon, but from what I've researched, its actually the preferred option. Also ahving it done lap is a big deal for me.
I kind of have an idea of what to expect. I had an abdomoplasty(Tummy tuck for excess skin) many years ago, recovery was a bit difficult. Couldn't straighten up for about 2 weeks. Assuming they don't have to convert to open during the surgery, I know I will get a catheter, but hopefull no other tubes. I had 5 drains from the previous surgery.
Would you guys please give me some advice and give me an idea of what to expect. I would very much appreciate it.
boxhill wrote:I gather they are pretty certain that there is no sign of lymph node involvement or mets? I'd ask your surgeon how much s/he can look around for things that might not appear on a CT while they're in there. Or maybe ask about the advisability of a pre-op MRI.
I was told and my dad had a tough time recovering after surgery. My dad had issues with small intestine ileus (not waking up).
1.) Only take pain med if needed because it can slow down recovery.
2.) Ask for an xray of your intestines to see if it wake up. If your intestine is swollen with gas, then it is not wake up.
3.) Don't rush to eat solid food if you are not ready because it can cause stomach to bloat up and might need a ng tube to suck the food out.
4.) Make sure the surgeon doesn't use one single loop stitches because it can fail easy. Use multiple stitches when closing the abdominal.
4.) Walk, walk and walk.
It's the best possible location for a colon cancer, beause it allows to save both ile-secal valve and rectum during surgery.camicom wrote:... it was actually right around the Splenic flexture.
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