Complication of latest surgery

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  • #91072
    gavin
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    Thanks for that Julie and real glad to hear you say that the pain meds are working a bit better for you. Hope that they do the job for you big time! Loads more positive thoughts coming your way and hugs as well.

    Hugs,

    Gavin

    #91071
    iowagirl
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    Thanks Gavin,

    I hope noone has to use the info, but I hoped it might be of help to someone. There were a number of other things being suggested as the cause of the pain. My new pain med schedule that my GP set up is covering the pain better. Thank you for all the good thoughts sent my way. I will get through this, and once we got a handle on the pain better, I can deal with it dragging out if it has to in order to see if my body absorbs the fluid naturally.. But, yes, I’d rather it was fixed immediately to get rid of the pain if possible, …..and get on with things

    Julie T.

    #91070
    gavin
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    Sorry to hear this news Julie but thanks loads for posting this info as I know that it will be of use to many people over time.

    I so hope that when you go back to Mayo on the 7th that they are able to do something for this immediately to help solve the pain issue. Keeping my fingers crossed for you on this and everything else as well and sending loads of positive thoughts as well.

    Hugs,

    Gavin

    #91069
    darla
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    Julie,

    I also want to thank you for sharing this as it may be useful to others in the future. Marion’s quote is so true. No one can know how any one person’s body will react to certain procedures.

    I too am hoping the pain can be kept at a minimum and you will get some answers and relief when you get to Mayo.

    Keep us updated as to how you are doing.

    Love & Hugs,
    Darla

    #91068
    marions
    Moderator

    Julie…..so sorry to hear this. Thank you so much for sharing this important information with us all.
    Once a physician mentioned: ” I will use my best surgical skills and then the body will do what it wants to do.” I realize it is an oversimplified statement, but his point was well taken.
    Wishing for your pain to stay controlled and for a resolution to the problem following your January 7th appointment.
    Hugs,
    Marion

    #12005
    iowagirl
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    I’ve been struggling since surgery on Dec 7, 2015, for a resection to remove a tumor that has appeared in my last scans. Everything was seemingly going well, until just short of two weeks post op when I had some sudden pain that developed right under the area of one of the laproscopic incisions. This wasn’t surface incision pain, but much deeper. It suddenly improved after a couple days and then just as suddenly got worse and stayed worse. I’m pretty tough , but I was to the point that turning even slightly and breathing caused the pain to be very intense and even sitting was very uncomfortable. My husband had to help me up from sitting or lying in bed and even often that hurt to the point of tears. I got to my GP before Christmas and she refilled my pain meds and tried a different dosing schedule….and was instructed to see her again in seversal days. That turned into a week due to the holiday and weekend followed by a bad snow storm. When I saw her again this last Tuesday, she ordered a CT which was done the next day. The results were…..the problem is a SEROMA, a collection of fluid in the empty space where tissue had been removed during surgery. This happens to be egg sized, which is why it’s hurting so much…..it’s probably pressing on nerves and who knows what else. I hadn’t heard of this before, so of course, I did some reading on line. I thought I’d add the following, in case anyone else experiences the same thing I have:

    They are fairly common following surgeries where something is removed or things are moved around a lot internally. Generally, they are smaller and don’t cause problems and eventually, the body absorbs the fluid. They are similar to a blister on your skin….so the fluid is sterile…no bacterial infection involved.

    So, what to do? They can be needle aspirated by an interventional radiologist , but that doesn’t always get rid of all the pain and sometimes, the fluid just fills back into the space. There are soe other things that can be done, including another surgery, but for right now, I’m in a holding pattern because I am on Lovanox, a blood thinner, and need to be off that before any more surgical procedures that could cause bleeding. I go back to Mayo Rochester on Jan 7th, for a surgical followup, so I plan to hand carry the CT scan CD with me to that appt for their opinions on what to do. I hate being on the pain meds so long, but if the thought is that it would be better to wait to see if my body would absorb the fluid I will try to tough it out with the pain meds.

    I hoped for a better healing process from the resection, but in the end, I will get through whatever I have to do with this seroma and hope for no more recurrences of the cancer. At least this time, the incisions healed okay and didn’t need to be packed like after the first surgery.
    Julie T.

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