I just had the VATS Thymectomy 5 weeks ago, I do not have a Thymoma, which helped make the decision to do it the minimally invasive way. Why go through such huge recovery time, pain and scares if you have the option not too.
I was told I would be in the hospital for 4 days, I was released 30 hrs after surgery, with no complications, I didn't even take anything for pain besides tylonel, and I only have 6 small incisions which are on my ribs that no one see's
I asked my surgeon how he knows he got all the thymus, he explained its shape and the tenticles on it, and he's aid he was quite confident he got it all.
Good luck, the process in its self can be quite tiring and emotionally draining
Originally Posted by Icrad1
Met with surgeon from Northwestern in Chicago...he has a great record for Minimally Invasive VATS...He will do a full trans-sternal if that is my wish. I am not 100% sold on any one way...so I am also going to Mayo in Rochester on Monday the 25th of this month to meet with them...and I am also going to meet with a doctor from UIC - he is also on the board for MGFA so...after all that I hope I can make up my mind...This is scary, but I am also hopeful that I can be somewhat symptom free someday soon...the meds (Mestinon 90 mg 3 times a day and CellCept 500 mg twice a day) are not helping much.
I will update as I move forward....Looking forward to the MG walk in Sept. Gathering my team and raising money for this disease!!!!!