1st RFA Complete

Other than the fact that my chin is three times the size of Jay Leno’s I seem to be doing quite well. We were discharged (sorry, gross word) from Emory University hospital around 5pm yesterday afternoon.

Here is a brief rundown of my procedure on Tuesday. We arrived at Emory Hospital around 6:30am where I checked in with the radiology department. I was then admitted for pre-op care around 7:30 where I received more details on the RFA procedure, my IV, a backless gown, a summary from the anesthesia team, and news that I would have to have a catheter! Yeah, the catheter part was probably my least favorite news of the day.

Around 8:30 am I was put under general anesthesia and Dr. Nour and his staff had me in and out of the MRI machine performing multiple scans and performing the ablation over a 6 hour period. During the procedure, the ablation machine had a malfunction and so they were only able to ablate one lesion (they typically try to ablate 2-3 at at time). The GOOD news is that the largest lesion was 5MM (which he ablated) and the other lesions were almost too small to even measure. He also stated that the lesions had reduced in size from my scan four weeks ago!  Dr.Nour and his staff also did a biopsy on my liver since they had already penetrated my body.

I woke up in the PACU (post anesthesia care unit) around 2:30pm and felt like I had been hit by a bus. They gave me some pain and anti nausea meds and I went back to sleep for a few hours. Now, that I know what to expect, it will be easier to manage next time. Yes, I will be having another RFA on 1/4/12 to ablate the remaining lesions.

Back to the Jay Leno reference…apparently the anesthesia team did a lackluster job of placing my body on the stretcher in the MRI suite. During the procedure I was face down (So they could access my liver through my lower right side of back) with all of the weight from my body on my chin. So throughout a 6 hour time span, my chin received a bit of localized trauma and is pretty swollen. The doctors said that the swelling should recede in the next couple of days. No big deal…We proceeded to spend the night at the hospital to catch up on some rest and for observation.

In summary, the RFA was a complete success and I look forward to the next one on 1/4/12. I want to thank everyone who sent me emails, texts, phone calls, etc over the past few days!




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