It's official -- the surgery is over, and it went well.
Note to self: resume breathing.
When Dr. Tanabe and his team "opened" Mat and examined his liver -- up close and personal -- they found exactly what they expected to see. Tumors on the right and left lobes, but nothing in the center section to cause a change of plans.
As expected, Dr. Tanabe removed the entire right lobe of his liver (containing a dozen tumors) and three tumors from the left lobe -- hopefully leaving none of the cancerous tissue. The surgery itself took about five hours, with a couple of hours before for preparation and a couple of hours after for close monitoring in the recovery room. No need to spend the night in the ICU, and, so far, no need for a transfusion.
No photos of Mat for today's post -- I don't want to scare any small children who may come across the blog. Mat's a little yellowish and waxy looking, and has tubes sticking out of various veins, but don't worry -- while I visited Mat briefly after surgery, a doctor came to examine him and pronounced that he looked "great." All I can say is his standards are reeeeeally low. (What do you think his wife looks like?)
The real photo op of the day came before the surgery when Mat dressed in his hospital gown, a shower cap to contain his non-existent hair (last week's attempt to regrow hair was a false alarm), and ... a pair of tights. Thigh-highs, actually.
Mat is left with about 30-35% of his liver, so he may temporarily develop jaundice, but that's nothing that can't be managed. And within three weeks, most of his liver will have regenerated. If you'd like to visit, Mat is at Mass General Hospital, in the White building, room 716B. He's pretty busy being checked out by nurses and doctors, bathed, etc., but by about 11 a.m. is done with the morning ritual.
Heartfelt thanks to you -- too numerous to count -- for helping us walk on water.