Colon & liver resection, HAI pump installed, gallbladder removed - PhillieG

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Posted on August 5, 2011 View this journey (26 Experiences)

I had surgery in Sept 04 where they removed a piece of my colon (no bag), 60% of my liver, my gallbadder, and installation of a hepatic pump. Initially they said it would be a 5-7 maybe 10 day stay. That stay was 16 days. I learned then that the body and cancer does what it wants, when it wants. I gained more patience from that experience. I had trouble with the narcotics that I was given for pain slowing down my bowels. I had to experience the NG tube which they insert through your nose and it goes down into your stomach. It drains the fluids that your body produces since my body wasn't able to get rid of them the normal way. That was one of my worst experiences ever. While on the NG tube I wasn't able to drink fluids at all with the exception of a few small pieces of ice per hour. I craved water but I couldn't have any until my bowels started working properly again.

When I got home, the recovery was rough at first but I kept walking/exercising and it helped with the recovery process.

I did have a lot of sensitivity on my left side where the hepatic pump was installed. I also had surgical pain that stayed with me for a long time. I was able to do everything for myself so the impact wasn't too great on my daily life.

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

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