Monday, April 23, 2007

Full Knee Replacement

Friends & Family,

Brad went into surgery this morning at 7:30am as planned. For those of you who have been waiting to hear, the fluid that had built up around Brad's knee was tested in a biopsy on April 13th and came back clear, thus enabling the doctor to keep Brad's kneecap during the knee replacement (keeping the kneecap helps the lifespan of the knee replacement).

It is 4:30pm and we just spoke with the doctor. Brad was just taken out of surgery and sent to recovery. We should be able to see him in a couple of hours. Dr. Marco said that the surgery went well. He believes that they were able to remove all of the cancer from Brad's femur. They took tissue samples from the margins of the incisions from his last surgery. Those will be tested to see if they find any other cancer cells remaining in his leg.

At this point, we are praying that there is no damage to Brad's nerves or tendons so that he can regain most of the feeling and motion in his leg. During surgery, the doctor also found some wear to Brad's kneecap which can cause some pain following surgery. So, we are also praying that any long term arthritic pain from the knee will be minimal.

Brad is scheduled to stay at Foundations hospital through Friday, the 27th. We will be in Room 330. We appreciate all of your prayers and unwavering support. We are incredibly blessed to have such an amazing group of family and friends. Thank you for continuing to take care of us. We love you all.


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