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Old 06-18-2005, 08:29 AM   #1
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Just home from June 16 surgery

I had my right lobe completey removed on Thursday I had a large hyperplasia follicular adenoma (benign) removed from the back of my right lobe -- a strange presenation he said -- and the entire left lobe left in. My vocal cord nerve was entangled in the tumor and it was a long difficult dissection evidently. In the recovery room I developed a serious bleed and had to go back to the OR, be put under general a second time, second intubation, but that was cauterized and everything was normal after that. Because of the vocal cord involvement I am having a hard time not choking on liquids although semi-solid food goes down fine (puddings, cottage cheese, etc.) The doctor said that is another issue with vocal cord involvement you don't hear about as much -- can't swallow liquids for a while.

Feeling tired but so glad to be disconnected from tubes!!

Glad it's over!

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Old 06-18-2005, 08:49 AM   #2
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Re: Just home from June 16 surgery

sorry to hear about your vocal cords, i had a tt in dec 04 my became paralized , for 2 months i could not talk, drink or cough, i used a liquid thickner you can buy at a pharmacy, and i also saw a speech pathologist who helped me with vocal excersise, it was also hard to breathe but i am fine now with no lasting problems good luck with your healing.

Old 06-18-2005, 08:50 AM   #3
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Re: Just home from June 16 surgery

also when you drink tuck your chin down and in that helped me a little .

Old 06-18-2005, 09:50 AM   #4
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Re: Just home from June 16 surgery

I am sorry you had some dificulties but glad it is behind you! Are you feeling ok otherwise?

I too have been diagnosed with a rather large follicular adenoma and according to what I have read of late they cannot be determined for sure if they are benign or not til they are removed. I am scheduled to see a surgeon on Thursday for his opinion.

I am so tired of dealing with this nodule and really am hoping it can be removed.

Do you feel better just having that thing out of your neck? I mean I have so much discomfort at times that I am really anxious to not have it there.

rest easy


Old 06-18-2005, 10:28 AM   #5
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Re: Just home from June 16 surgery

Thanks for the swallowing advice. It is getting better quickly. I am sipping some lovely iced tea at the moment, a little sip at a time.
It is not a painful recovery at all. I have had several other surgeries: knee ligament reconstruction, hysterectomy, tonsils and this is not even comparable in terms of post-op pain. It's much less painful than those. It's a bit ugly to have this big scar. He put it over my collarbone rather than right above it for some reason. I am wearing bandanas around my neck to save my family the view and actually it's almost a fashion statement here.
I feel much better knowing this thing is gone. I have had it, in various sizes, for 12 years and it was now impinging on my esophagus and causing me problems swallowing before the surgery. I look forward to feeling a whole lot better. Although right now I can sort of feel a dull ache where it was, I can also feel that it's NOT there in some way.

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