Friday, April 29, 2011
Dr Au just called and Pippin has made it through his surgery! The tumor we were most worried about (due to its delicate positioning) was removed very easily and wasn't actually attached to anything. There's a lot of technical terms we have heard today, but basically that one was near a lot of important "stuff" in the stomach/small intestine that could have made its removal very difficult, and could have resulted in some really intense rebuilding of that area which can have a pretty high mortality rate. The other tumor was actually much larger than thought (2.5-3 inches instead of the centimeters they had thought) but since it was in a less critical place in the stomach it's removal was not as difficult. He is already out of anesthesia and was sitting up on his own already! He is nothing if not persistent about being active (which was the first clue something was wrong!). Both tumors are now being sent to Mississippi State for testing, to determine if it was a benign or malignant tumor. We truly hope it is benign, and there's no way for the doctors to tell by just sight. We also have to now hope that the internal bleeding he was experiencing was related to these tumors, and not something else. There's no guarantees other than that, but now he is in their doggie ICU and his blood levels will be continually monitored all throughout the night. He is in the best possible hands. We are by no means out of the woods, but we have so much to be thankful for tonight!