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Old 02-20-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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Default Night sweats after surgery

My DH had surgery three weeks ago to remove a lipoma from his colon. They removed a foot or so of colon through a laparoscopically assisted procedure. He was in the hospital for five days and has been home for two weeks.

Ever since he has been home he has been sweating like crazy through the night. At first I thought it was just because he wasn't moving around much and was sleeping in the same position all night. But now he is turning from side to side and much more mobile and he is still sweating enough that the sheets are soaked in the morning.

It isn't a medicine side effect because he isn't taking any medicine at all now other than an occasional Tylenol.

He is a healthy average weight guy and this is a new, odd issue for him.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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I cannot speak specifically to your DHs type of surgery, but my husband had lung surgery ten years ago, and his internal thermostat was off for a long time. He would get really cold in circumstances where he would not have usually.
Of course, your DH should ask the Dr., but I think it is a typical side effect after surgery.
My feeling is that anesthetics really mess with your body for months afterwards.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Removing a foot or so of colon for a lipoma sounds unusual. Are you sure your DH isn't lying to you about the reason, like cancer or a dead area off tissue? I know this isn't what you asked, but it just seems so unusual - but then I'm not a physician.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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Removing a foot or so of colon for a lipoma sounds unusual. Are you sure your DH isn't lying to you about the reason, like cancer or a dead area off tissue? I know this isn't what you asked, but it just seems so unusual - but then I'm not a physician.
So - I was there every ste of the way and involved in every conversation with the surgeon. At first it was thought to be a very large polyp but when the surgeon saw it and realized that it was a solid mass growing from the colon itself and not the lining he treated it as suspected cancer, took a bunch of lymph nodes and a clear margin. when he tried to reconnect the two ends of the color there was an ischemic (dead) area so he took two more inches than he planned in order to get a solid connection.

DH is recovering beautifully - back to work, back to eating fiber... The night sweats are the only problem.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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What an ordeal for both of you. It makes sense now.

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