• Liver Resection & Recovery

    Asked by Hellbent on Friday, September 11, 2015

    Liver Resection & Recovery

    I need your candid input. My husband, who has Stage IV colon cancer with multiple liver mets, had colon surgery last December followed by two other surgeries, 10 unexpected hospital stays, in-between recoveries & 8 rounds of Folfox chemo. In less than two weeks, he will undergo a liver resection and chemo pump to the liver at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NY. What can he expect to endure during and after the liver surgery? % of your resection. Complications or concerns experienced. Recovery time involved.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't help with the specifics you're looking for, but wanted to wish you both the best through this. I do remember people talking about liver resection on the site, so I'm sure someone will have some input for you.

      about 1 year ago
    • TXHills' Avatar

      I would recommend you contact the doctor's office there. Since they will be performing the procedures and have done them many times before, they would be in a position to answer your very valid questions more completely. As his caregiver, you need to be prepared for what to expect. Best to you.

      about 1 year ago
    • Hellbent's Avatar

      Thanks Greg. TXhills, I really just want to find out about others' experiences as we are, without hesitancy, working very closely with my husband's medical team regarding everything related to his upcoming surgery. We're pretty thorough and even got a 2nd surgeon's opinion. Thanks

      about 1 year ago
    • NanaL's Avatar

      Best Wishes for a successful surgery and comfortable recovery. Try and get him to eat well these next few weeks. Putting on some extra weight will help, as most people tend to lose weight after any type of abdominal surgery.

      about 1 year ago
    • kkcomm's Avatar

      I had 75% of my liver removed last April. Surgery went well. I was told I would be hospitalized 7-10 Days but was out in 6. Recovery was actually easier than my colon surgery. i didn't get the chemo pump so can't answer that. Good luck to you both. One thing to remember is that I think this surgery is actually harder on you than your husband! I remember very little but my family remembers everything. Wishing you and your husband the best!

      about 1 year ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      Hi, Hellbent. My husband had 2 attempts at liver surgery but both time were unsucceful and they ended up closing him up without doing much. One was at Memorial Slone Kettering (Dr. Jarnigan). He had complications after that one mostly because his disease had progressed too far for him to bounce back. He was also on Coumadin for a blood clot which complicated his ability to heal. If he were stronger, I think the procedure would have been easier than his colon surgery. He did not have a chemo pump. It sounds like your husband has been through a lot going into this surgery. I'd just be as open and honest with your docs about his mental / physical state and from there, it's kind of a leap of faith. Hopefully the odds are in his favor that this procedure wll be effectve!

      about 1 year ago
    • GolfGirl's Avatar

      I had my colon resection & liver resection (33%) done at the same time. Surgeon told me the liver resection would prolong my recovery by 2 weeks or so. I spent 5 or 6 days in the hospital but returned a day later & spent another 4 days. Like NanaL said, have him at least maintain his weight - I lost about 25 lbs after my surgery. My 2 lesions were on the same lobe, so I didn't need the pump. I was fatigued after my surgery but forced myself to take several short walks a day - surgeon said this was essential to recovery. I'm sure his surgeon will provide detailed after care instructions. I wish you both all the best!

      about 1 year ago

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