Posted 12/5/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)
Since this "nuisance" has now lingered more than 6 weeks post surgery, the note at the bottom of my bio will explain that years of obesity have consequences.
My surgery was a "success" and my prognosis is excellent, and my recovery except for this 3/4 inch wound is going well...
but even the best doctors and hospitals don't make up for the consequences of our life styles and personal health. The docs say that slow wound healing and complications are very common with obese patients whose surgery--even laproscopic--requried cutting through lots of fat cells which "get granulated and rise to the surface mixed with plasma as they heal." There is no doctor in my town and they had to teach my wife to be a "pioneer doctor" and use hydrogen peroxide, ribbons of sterile gauze shoved into the wound, surgical dressings and tapes twice a day, and two hot baths daily with "irrigation" and more peroxide and rinsing....ironidaqlly as I hardly ever need pads for "leaks" any more, I need them to protect my undies and clothes from the oozing goo which comes through the gauze.
I was on antibiotics for one week but the two docs I am using said there is no infection, no fever, and this is a mild healing problem which is common when you are fat.
So, just a word to the wise if you experience the same thing, you're not the first, or probably the last.
happy holidays to all...
AGE 62 ANGEL FIRE , NM DX 7/08 EMAIL: MScheinbaum@LF-Financial.com pls put “Healing Well” in subject psa HAD GONE FROM 1.7 TO 4.3 IN THREE YEARS...DIGITAL AND ULTRA SOUND EXAM SHOWED NO ENLARGEMENT. BIOPSY SHOWED 2 OF 12 CORES POSITIVE. TWO TUMORS SHOWED GLEASON 4+3 AND 3+4 NO INDICATION OF ESCAPE FROM CAPSULE OR METASTASIS STARTED CONSULTATIONS AT SLOAN KETTERING 8/09 DR GUILLONNEAU SAID NO SURGERY UNLESS MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS. AT DX 333 LBS, SLEEP APNEA, AND HIGH BP BARIATRIC SURGERY RECOMMENDED. LAP BAND SURGERY IN EL PASO, TX 1/23/09 10/1/09 276 LBS, TRIGLYC AND CHOL NORMAL, NO SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA, ONE BP RX REMOVED AND OTHERS CUT DOSAGE IN HALF; STARTED QUARTERLY ZOLODEX BY TAOS,NM UROLOGIST, WHO TRAINED AT MSKCC, INJECTIONS AND CASODEX 50MG DAILY 9/08 Laproscopic done 10/19/09 Dr. Bertrand Guillonneau NYC Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Jackson pratt drain removed surgery plus 1 day. Catheter out 9th day One heavy duty pad first day without catheter. PATH REPORT 10/29/09 MSKCC DR VICTOR REUTER GLEASONS CAN NOT BE DETERMINED, HORMONES DRIED PROSTATE NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER ESCAPING PROSTATE, OR AT MARGIN NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER IN ONE LYMPH NODE REMOVED PROGNOSIS EXCELLENT. PSA IN ONE MONTH THEN SIX MONTHS THEN ONCE A YEAR OR MORE ONE VISIT PER YEAR FOR LIFE
Six weeks after surgery one light pad per day,
Often it stays dry the whole day.
Continuing wound problem, oozing *****
Subvstance. Primary care and Urologist
Have irrigated and say there is no infection just
“granulated fat cells dying and coming to the
surface from small surgery wound under navel, common
for obese patients. Must bathe, disinfect, and dress wound
twice daily. “It can take 6 months for this to heal” says the
docs. After 6-8 hours pinkish brown puss appears on gauze.
Yup, probably more info than yo need to know….otherwise
Feeling strong and active.