Hi Sherri, My husband had his first surgery last October. He had a tumor high up in the rectum, near the sigmoid colon. He had 5 1/2 weeks of chemo/ radiation prior the his operation to shrink the tumor. His operation consisted of first having the tumor and surrounding lymph nodes removed, then having the colon connected to what remained of his rectum. Once that was the surgeons gave him a loop ileostomy that was reversed after his post surgical chemotherapy regimen was finished. He had quite a bit of pain with his surgery but the epidural did a good job at keeping it at a tolerable level. He had a button to push to administer the morphine when he needed it. He was also getting other pain meds through his IV lines and with pills. If I remember correctly He only had the morphine pump for the first 4 days and for the most part only used it before taking his walks in the hallways
My heart goes out to you and your hubby. Please keep us posted.
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