Re: Bile drain after liver resection
I had my surgery on July 7th. I have to say it was worse than I expected, but looking back at it now, it was not fun, and I was in a little pain afterward (mostly when I was trying to get in and out of bed), but it could have been worse.
Because they thought I had a hepatic adenoma I was told surgery would be 4 hours at the most and in the hospital for 5 or 6 days, but when they discovered it was an FNH and was doing things malignant tumors due, and because the tumor was pinching my blood flow in and out of the liver, the surgery ended up being 12 hours. When surgeon left the surgery to talk to my parents he mentioned its easier to do a liver transplant than what they were going to have to do to me. I ended up in the hospital for 10 days (and begged on the last day to go home). It was rough, I was tired, my stamina was nothing, I was getting sick after everything I ate (especially the fatty stuff) which I contribute to the gallbladder being gone (nobody warned me about the lifestyle change).
2 weeks after surgery I developed a fever and ended up in the hospital for another 4 days. They found two pockets of fluid in my abdomen, one infected, the other keeping my lung collapsed. Needless to say they drained it.
I am feeling pretty good now. No pain other than the drain..where in enters me the stitches pull, especially when the bag is full or when I accidently pull on it. Not sure if I can lay on my stomach yet, since I still have the drain. My stamina is getting better, but I get tired REALLY fast. Still not sleeping well, my sleep schedule has changed probably because of all the time they wake you up in the hospital to check you.
I am sorry to hear Fannylou that you still have pain. Do they know why? How long has it been since your surgery?
I am glad to have mine done. No longer to worry about it, other than the periodic CT scans I assume I will have to have. I also loved my surgeon, he definately knew what he was doing!