Nano Knife and recovery

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Nano Knife and recovery

by SAMDAV on Thu Nov 22, 2012 05:49 PM

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Please share we me your experience after having pancreatic surgery via the nano  knife.  I had surgery on 9/12/12 by Dr. Martin in Louisville and have continued to deal with pain. CT Scans show not signs of cancer.  My doctors are working with different pain medications, but so far, none have done the job.  I am currently back in the hospital with an infection traced to a stint put in my bile duct.

Please let me hear from anyone who can give advice.

Thanks,  Dave E. 11-22-12

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by shelby1 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 05:59 PM

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Dave, My husband had trouble with plastic stents-twice-infections prior to the Nano. He had a metal stent put in than. Where was the Nano done, head . body. tail? My husbands stents were removed from his bile duct and everything was re-routed.  He also had C-Diff from the Nano but no pain this far out. he was in considerable pain from the drain and the C-diff though.

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by SAMDAV on Thu Nov 22, 2012 06:05 PM

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On Nov 22, 2012 5:59 PM shelby1 wrote:

Dave, My husband had trouble with plastic stents-twice-infections prior to the Nano. He had a metal stent put in than. Where was the Nano done, head . body. tail? My husbands stents were removed from his bile duct and everything was re-routed.  He also had C-Diff from the Nano but no pain this far out. he was in considerable pain from the drain and the C-diff though.

The stint is in my Bile Duct.  The nano knife procedure was done around the main artery running through the pancreas.

What is C-Diff?  I have no drain, only a feeding tube that has been in since 9/12/12.  Is your husband on pain meds.?

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by bestfriendmom on Fri Nov 23, 2012 04:25 PM

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My mother did not have the Nano Knife procedure, she had th whipple procedure.  However she did get C-Diff after the procedure.  C-Diff is an infection in the intestines that is extremely painful.  is also cause uncontrolable diaherra.  she had to wear pull-ups all the time.  She was hospitalized four times over a period of 3 months before the figured out what it was and were able to get rid of it. My prayers are with you

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by SAMDAV on Fri Nov 23, 2012 05:57 PM

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Dave is undergoing removal of his port which may be a cause of infection.  He is still experiencing pain and now has an appointment with an acute pain service doctor here in Louisville.  He has been very sick during the 6 day stay in the hospital.  They are checking for C-Diff.  Hoping to get the pain level under control and the infection cleared up.  Sam, Caregiver

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by bestfriendmom on Fri Nov 23, 2012 06:15 PM

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Iam glad to hear that they are checking for C-Diff and sending him to a pain specialist.  No one should have to live with that kind of pain.  It is just as hard on us caregivers to watch someone we care about suffer like that.  Good Luck to you both.  I am glad to see that they are doing something for you.  Again you are in my prayers.  Remember this site is to help all of us the patients and the caregivers gt through this.

Robin

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by shelby1 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 07:18 PM

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I am confused. nanoknife where? Why feeding tube? Ask about plastic or metal stent as many people have had infections from the plastic ones. Whipple too?

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by SAMDAV on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:01 PM

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On Nov 23, 2012 7:18 PM shelby1 wrote:

I am confused. nanoknife where? Why feeding tube? Ask about plastic or metal stent as many people have had infections from the plastic ones. Whipple too?

See earlier postings.

The Nano Knife was used to ablate the cancer cells around the artery running through the pancreas.  No need for the whipple procedure.  The cancer had not spread outside the tumor.

He had the stint taken out today because of infection.

The feeding tube was put in at the time of the surgery to provide food until his appetite came back.  At this time, the feeding tube is still in.  He will be seeing an acute pain specialist soon.

A nuclear imaging test shows not blockage in the bile duct.

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by shelby1 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:22 PM

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Open surgery? Something else must have been done as we had half a whipple and other things with no feeding tube. Do you mean I.V. in arm?

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by SAMDAV on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:26 PM

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On Nov 23, 2012 11:22 PM shelby1 wrote:

Open surgery? Something else must have been done as we had half a whipple and other things with no feeding tube. Do you mean I.V. in arm?

Incision about 11 inches vertical.  Feeding tube installed in small intestines.

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