cindi o'h Posted August 28, 2005 Share Posted August 28, 2005 All.. I have been getting lots of pm's asking what kind of surgery I am having tomorrow. So, I will explain here. It is called a talc procedure or pleurodesis. I have been having many recurrent effusions for about two years now, building up to moderate proportions just days after I have them drained. Effusions are a buildup of fluid around the lung; actually, between the lung and the sac that surrounds the lung (the pleural space). The fluid takes up alot of space and squishes my lung so that I can't breathe very well. This is not uncommon for someone with lung cancer. The doctor is going to use a VATS technique. (video assisted thorascopic surgery) That is using the tiny little camera with headlights, and the scopes and tools with nippers and staples, if necessary. He is going to take a look around in there. He said that he can cover most of the surface area using his camera. He will be looking for anything that looks suspiciously like a nodule and if it is there, he will take a snip. I told him that he will not find anything that looks like that. And I meant it. (dammit! as my Irish mother would say) He said that he anticipates there will be radiation scar tissue. I truly believe he will find much of that. He said that he will avoid those areas as they have a tendency not to heal. (thank you, doctor) He will first collapse my lung before he starts all this. After draining the fluid he will nose around. Then squirt some talc in there I guess to glue the lining to the lung so that no more fluid will build up. Then reinflate my lung and voila! All done. I will be in the hopital for about 5 days, he said. I don't anticipate any problems. I think this is fairly straight forward. I have been in this hospital under his care before and had a very positive experience. I am confident in his skills and the skills of the nurses who will be caring for me. So. This is what will happen. I have driving and lifting restrictions afterwards. All in all, I am looking forward to getting this done as I believe that it will eliminate one of the causes for the shortness of breath that has been plaguing the quality of my daily living. Serpentine!.. that is Leslie's and my way of dodging this cancer. And that is what I intend to do. Serpentine! Or as my brother, Dick, would say, "crawl on your belly like a reptile". In any event, lots of this ways and that ways to dodge the bullets. ("Serpentine!", a line from the old comedy movie, The Inlaws.) Thanks for all your concern and prayers! Cindi o'h Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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