Colostomy - BruceB

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Posted on April 14, 2019 View this journey (11 Experiences)

April 14 - Met with my surgeon on April 11. I'd had the follow-up scans we'd been waiting to do, and they looked good. Surgery is set for May 1st. .... .... (I'm trying these ellipses to separate paragraph since the site doesn't acknowledge repeated strokes of the "enter" key) The plan is to do an APR (abdomino-perineal resection - feel free to google it, although if you're on this site in the first place you probably don't need to), resulting in a permanent colostomy. He doesn't want to shut the door completely on a LAR (lower anterior resection - you can google that too) until he's actually gone in and physically seen what's going on in there. But he's not expecting to find anything dramatically different than what the scans indicate; so I'm looking at life with a bag. …. …. He plans to take care of the liver lesions laparoscopically, by ablation, in the same surgery. All this will take several hours; I will be asleep. …. …. "Clean-up chemo" is quite common after the [6-8 week] recovery period, but the oncologist, not the surgeon, is the one who makes that decision. (Knowing mine, she will go for it. She's kind of a warrior princess that way.) …. …. The expectation is that I will be in the hospital a week-plus; recovery time is 6-8 weeks, 8 weeks for heavy lifting (i.e. return to work). I suppose I will be able to go out and do things like walking or grocery shopping --- if someone else lifts my bags --- after a few weeks, if I'm careful. …. …. So of course the prospect is terrifying on one level (maybe more than one, haha), but it's nice to have a set date, and something like a plan. I won't say the end is in sight, but there's a faint glow over the horizon. …. …. More updates as things progress.

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  • JaneA's Avatar

    I am coming up on my 4-year anniversary of APR surgery. I had a lung met instead of liver involvement so I had SBRT radiation before the APR surgery.

    I was very fortunate - no complications - started mop-up chemo six weeks later because I had six positive lymph nodes. The chemo wasn't really much more difficult with the bag.

    I have been NED ever since my APR surgery and have no regrets. Best wishes for complete success.

    6 months ago

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