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What to expect was posted 03/28/2001 09:14 am by Susan Beningo
E-mail Address: sbeningo@boernenet.com

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Alanna,

I see where someone already posted back to you what to expect. I was going through this exactly a week ago today though it seems like longer. My Mom was in surgery 8 hours. She had a team of drs in the operating room. This is a major surgery so your Mom will be quite sore from the incision but hopefully she will have a good pain manager, usually her Anesthesiologist. It also takes a while for the system to start working 'normal' again because of the type of surgery they are doing and the amount of time the area is exposed. My Mom has an epidural in place to deliver pain meds. She was in ICU for a couple of days and then moved to med/surg floor. She has a feeding tube to deliver nurtience since she won't be able to eat for a while. They will slowly introduce solids later. Recovery will take about 4 to 6 weeks until she's able to stomach small amounts of food. This is usually when chemo is introduced if applicable from what I've read so far. I hope this helps. I too am overwelmed and trying to understand it all. Please let us know how she is doing. Take care

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