Surgery… helpful advice?
Hello ladies. I am wondering if anyone has any particular words of advice for before or after surgery care/preparation? I am booked in next weekend for debulking surgery as my cancer has spread extensively to the bowel, omentum, stomach lining and some spots on the liver. The surgeons are estimating 5-8 hours of surgery time. I have been advised of the possibility of a stoma after the surgery, (possibly for a 6 month period) and large incision from sternum down. I have also been advised that there will probably be an epidural for pain relief afterwards and looking at a 5-6 day stay in hospital and at a further 3 weeks off work? Just interested in hearing if anyone has any advice that they wished they had been told prior to their surgery? Thank you ladies, cheers Nicole x