Surgery Post #4

Lauren is out of surgery now and in recovery. We should be able to see her in about an hour. The surgeon said the tumor came out really well. The only nerve they had to take was the v2 branch of the trigeminal nerve which is only responsible for sensation and will not affect any motor skills. The tumor had eroded through the barrier to the temporal lobe but they were able to remove the tumor and repair the barrier safely. The tumor also eroded through the pharynx and we are not sure what affect that will have on things. They fortunately did not have to do anything to the palate area. The tumor was evidently encapsulated and came out pretty easily. They got all of the tumor that they could see and get with this surgical approach. They will be doing a CT scan later tonight to make sure there wasn’t any bleeding and they will do an MRI in the next couple days to see if there is any left that they weren’t able to see. ENT is also going to do a scope to make sure they don’t see anything else. They did not cut through any existing barriers to look for more tumor as they did not feel this was safe. They placed a small titanium plate where they had to remove the zygomatic bone to get to the tumor. All in all the surgeon said the surgery went as well as it could have possibly gone – they removed all the tumor they could see safely and the only nerve it involved they said probably was not functioning before anyway. She woke up a little already and they said she was moving both sides equally and her pupillary function was good. We will post a few pictures in the next few hours or day… mind you they will be somewhat graphic. The major part is out of the woods, now we shall see how she will handle the recovery. The most critical part is over the next 72 hours to make sure she does not get any infections etc… The doctor also told us how “heroic” the surgery was so please continue to pray for her safety.

Phil. 4:13

PS: We will add more as we think of it.

~ by Dan Browne on August 6, 2008.

7 Responses to “Surgery Post #4”

  1. Awesome God! Glad we could be there with you guys today. Hang in there.

  2. Praise God!

  3. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Dan everything sounds good so far. We at Winfield Heights will continue to pray for Lauren and the family. I will update the other youth directors in our area.

  5. Praise the Lord!

  6. Just want to let you know that we are still praying for ya’ll! We will keep checking back with the blog to see how things are going.

  7. We are thanking God for great results so far! Keep your chins up (Meaning Dan’s chin and Rebecca’s chin – not saying you have two chins, Dan)

    Ahem! Anyway…We are here for you. call us whenever you want. And since I am working overnights this week, that means ANYtime)

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