Here’s What’s About to Happen —

February 6, 2009 at 8:57 pm 1 comment


This morning the Resident Physician who works directly under Dr. O’Donnell talked with Dan.  Then, Dr. O’Donnell, the surgical oncologist, phoned Dan from 60 miles away.  Based upon the MRI and P-T Scan, this is what they told Dan:
Surgery will be Monday afternoon.  Dan is 3rd on the list.  The surgery will be finished in the early evening.
His leg is not in danger.  
The sarcoma in his pelvis is now the size of a softball & contained in a sac. It   It has a lot of infection inside.
Even though it is very close to a major artery, the doctors believe it can be removed safely.  
A vascular surgeon and a urologist will be on standby during the surgery just in case they are needed.
After removal of the sarcoma, a wound vac will be put on the incision for a few days.
A few days later the Plastic Surgery team will remove tissue from Dan’s stomach area to build a flap inside of his pelvis that will protect the artery.  They will cut a flap out of the stomach area.  It will stay attached to the blood supply.  They somehow turn it over and lay it inside to cover up the wound.  They will keep careful watch to be sure it stays alive. It will grow attached to the new place where they put it.
He is not to lift anything for 6 weeks.
The Dr. also said that M.D. Anderson could have done this surgery.  Dan says that just the thought of having it gone is a marvelous thought.  Lamentations 3:22-26 beautifully expresses God’s steadfast love no matter what we are facing. — Anne and Danimg_3422

Entry filed under: Cancer's Dark Valley.

The Silver Lining Because of God’s Great Love

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  February 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love this photo of you and Dan. I love you both, Sherrie H.


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