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    Default Lobectomy--anyone have experiences?

    My dad will be having a Lobectomy done tomorrow morning due to lung cancer. He is very nervous about recovery/pain. He will have an epidural for 4 days because the pain is supposed to be so severe.

    Does anyone have experience with this?? I'd like to know what to expect after.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
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    No experience but a lot of prayers for you and your dad.
    Epidurals sound like they would be extremely helpful.
    I am really, really sorry!



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    Thank you, I really appreciate it. This is after just having surgery to remove cancer in his neck plus radiation only 14 months ago, so it's been a tough time for us.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


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    Prayers prayers and more prayers that his surgeon's hands are guided! Sounds like he has solid family support.


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    I didn't have a lobectomy, but I did have a thoracotomy for a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). They actually did an epidural against my express direction and wishes, and I had complications from it (and persistent spinal headaches for nearly a year afterward). They removed the epidural early because of the complications (I lost the ability to use one side of my body, which should NOT happen with an epidural! Thankfully, that was temporary).

    The good news is that when they go in to operate on the lung, they sever a major nerve branch. So, truly, the pain is not bad at all. I was not in significant pain when they removed the epidural (other than the damn spinal headaches). I still don't have those nerves back, and am told there is no way to do lung surgery without severing them. So I never understood why they were so certain I would be in major pain. I simply wasn't. Not at all. So I hope the same is true for your dad. Good luck to him!


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    Hmm that's interesting, I certainly hope the same is true for my dad! The doctor told us that it would be way worse than his last surgery, which was incredibly hard on my dad, physically and emotionally. Is there a possibility of nerve damage?? He has quite a bit of nerve damage from his prior surgery and it causes him a lot of pain and irritation.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



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    I have tons of nerve damage from my thoracotomy where they went in through my side and pulled my ribs apart...but no pain, just numbness. Basically, I'm numb on my left side from the bottom of my ribcage to just below my breast and extending around the entirety of my left rib cage. I'm used to it now (11 years since surgery) and it definitely does not hurt. Hope your dad is pain free and doing tons better soon!



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    Ill take any spare jingles if you've got em! At the hospital now.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
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    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



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    Jingles for your dad! I really hope things go well for him today, and that it is not as bad as he fears.Glad you are there with him. Thinking of you!!



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    Thanks again lilitiger! He's in the OR now...thank God for COTH keeping my mind occupied!!
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    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



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    Jingles and prayers that the procedure is much less painful than they have prepared him for. Best wishes for a speedy recovery too!
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    My MIL went in for a lobectomy 13 years ago. When they got in they found they only needed to do a wedge resection. I don't remember her mentioning that it was really painful. She has been in remission for 10 years. She was late 60's at the time of the surgery.
    Big Jingles for your Dad that he has the same success as she had.
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    Thinking of you!
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    Jingles for your Dad! (And you, too.)
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    Sitting in the hospital waiting is one of the hardest jobs . . . Best to you and yours! I hope everything goes well.



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    Unfortunately during the scope, they found that the cancer had spread and is inoperable. He will need chemo and radiation. This is the same cancer his mother died from, and it was very tough. He also didn't handle radiation well last year, so this is not good news at all.

    Any jingles would be appreciated.
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    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



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    Oh, I am so sorry. Thinking of both you and your Dad, and sending hugs your way.



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    Oh, no, heartbreaking news. Wishing you and your father peace.



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    More jingles and hugs, too.
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