Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy) - moondove

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Posted on June 3, 2014 View this journey (15 Experiences)

5/1/14 - 5/9/14 Husband's colon surgery and hospital stay (We live 2 hr + away). Wonderful hospital, Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, PCP, and Nurses and other staff. I was allowed to stay 24/7 with husband). During husband's surgery his potassium went extremely low and they were unable to get it to stabilize consistantly. Stated that he was like a gas tank with a hole in the bottom, it was lost as fast as they attempted to replace his potassium. During his 8 day hospital stay, potassium was like a roller coaster, very low (2.3), then normal, then extremely high (8.9). After surgery he was immediately cared for by a Nephrologist (kidney doctor). He was released after potassium was stabilized, and is being very closely monitored, with follow-up dr visits, blood work, and, also had to buy a blood pressure cuff and check throughout each day. He has now been diagnosed with Kidney Disease Stage 3 (no know damage/disease prior to surgery). Ugh... He was sent home with potassium and magnesium to make sure his potassium level stayed normal. One day at a time!

Went as Expected: Agree
Minimal Recovery: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA

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