Assuming you saw the previous post, I’ll skip the recap and get straight to to the results of surgery today. It began around 1:30pm, lasted ~2hrs, and the entire flap, including the whole latissimus dorsi muscle, skin patch, and fat-grafting, had to be removed. 😔
We knew going in that circulation in the skin patch had failed, but we were hoping to save the muscle underneath. Unfortunately, it was immediately apparent that the entire main artery, which supplied blood to the muscle flap, had clotted and was the root cause of the loss of blood supply. This is highly unusual. The surgical team explored for a long time trying to determine an explanation. The artery (and other tissues) had neither been twisted, nor moved or positioned in any way that would have caused obstruction. They re-examined their procedures, pharmaceutical possibilities, and even drain placement. But there is absolutely nothing obvious to explain this second failure. They have sent a sample of the muscle and artery tissues to pathology and perhaps the lab may discover a microscopic explanation. We’ll have to wait and see.
So. I’m resting well and will be released tomorrow. There’s a lot to consider with regards to a forward plan, but I cant really think about that yet. I’ll focus on healing up, going home to my babies, and re-group when I’m ready.
THANK YOU for your prayers and messages! I have read and re-read them today when I needed the extra boost of encouragement. I am the most fortunate woman I know to have such beautiful, incredible friends walking beside me. Love you all!
PS: I’m on my third cup of tea. 👌🏻🇬🇧☕️