Re: Father Having Surgery
They are getting him in asap since he needs the obstruction removed right away before it closes off completely.
The first biopsy of my tumour showed that it was pre-cancerous but pathology on the whole tumour after surgey removed it showed that it was indeed cancerous. The problem is that the biopsy is so small a piece that it is easy not to contain definite cancerous cells.
When he has his surgery there is also a chance that he will have a temporary colostomy and have to go back at a later date to have the two sections of colon re-attached. This is common if the docs believe that the colon needs recuperation before reattachment.
Ask the doctor when the pathology report on the removed part of the colon will be available.
Ask if your father can obtain a copy of the surgery report(all surgeries usually require a written report by the surgeon after the surgery is done)
Ask about the chances of him having a permanent colostomy
Ask about post op complications and don't be satified by the usual 'risk of infection in all surgeries'. That is true enough and hospitals do a great deal to minimize that but what I am talking about is nerve damage. What nerves, controlling what functions are in the area where the surgeon will be cutting? For instance, erectile function, urinary continence, bowel control, leg and pelvis motor control. These are most in danger the lower down the tumour is. Just so you know mine was as low as it gets. I had my entire rectum removed. I had some minor urinary problems that have resolved themselves over time, some ED and , when I woke from surgery I could not move the muscle of my right thigh. The paralysis was due to the epidural pain meds and went away a few hours after the epidural was removed.
Ask to see an ET (stoma nurse) about maintenance of a colostomy prior to surgery if possible IF there is a good chance that a temp colostomy will be needed. Otherwise insist that the docs make arrangements for one to visit if a colostomy is performed.
If I think of anything else I will let you know.