As usual the month of December rushed through with a fury and if you blinked, you missed it! Christmas and New Year’s Day came and went, and before those holidays; Gary and I took a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.
Last week in my post ‘to whine some today‘, I let you know of my follow-up visit with my Urologist Dr. P. that resulted in my ureteral stent being removed. During that visit, pre-surgery documents were signed and Dr. P. made time for Gary and I to ask questions and discuss details and expectations of my surgery that will take place a week from tomorrow.
To review; my upcoming surgery is Radical Cystectomy, please read my post ‘My Message‘, as it includes detailed information about the surgery.
Here are some expectations concerning my upcoming surgery –
The surgery is performed using robotic assistance, but if issues arise a traditional ‘open’ surgery would be performed.
Surgery could take up to 8 hours to complete.
Once surgery is complete, I will be in ICU for several days.
I will be in the hospital up to 10 days or longer if issues arise.
10-15 lbs. of body weight loss is likely.
A long recovery of 2-3 months will take place.
How do I feel about this surgery, the recovery and the change in my life?
I have many mixed emotions leading up to this surgery. I think back when this all started over a year ago, when I noticed a discoloration in my urine. This was followed by a diagnoses, blood and imaging tests, procedures, 2 minor surgeries, more blood and imaging tests, more procedures, chemotherapy, still more blood and imaging tests and procedures and many, many days of experiencing pain. The pain continues today and the upcoming surgery will end the current pain only to have me begin experiencing new pain. The surgery pain should be short lived, but the recovery will be much longer.
For the rest of my life, I will have a urostomy bag on the outside of my body to collect urine. This entire concept will be something I will grow accustom to over time.
I will have a period of recovery not just physically but also psychologically and emotionally.
With this surgery, my body will have less organs and a new way of life will begin.