MRI News

So, they like to do an MRI about a month after you leave the hospital. It gives them an idea of how things look once some of the swelling has gone down. They performed my MRI last week, and today I had an appointment with Dr. Ferriera, my neurosurgeon, to review the results.

Dr. Ferriera was thrilled with the images. He believes the remaining light-colored bits on the MRIs are scar tissue from the surgery. He says there is no reason to return for a second surgery at this time, and no reason for radiation therapy, because he believes very strongly that  the surgery resulted in 100% resection (tumor removal) and any further surgeries or radiation would just be causing unnecessary damage.

He said there is no guarantee about what may happen in upcoming years, but he feels confident that for the moment, I’m in good shape and now it’s just a matter of recovering from the surgery, which will take 6 months to a year.

My next follow-up appointment with Dr. Ferreira will be in one year.

This is very good news. Now, instead of worrying about an additional surgery and the ins and outs of radiotherapy, I can just focus on working through the craniotomy recovery period.

We have another physical therapy appointment tomorrow, so they’ll be able to share more information about next steps at that time. Dr. Ferreira’s neurosurgery efforts are most focused on the absence of a tumor and successfully preventing additional damage while removing the tumor. The rehabilitation department (where physical, speech, occupational, and vocational therapists live) is focused on making sure you are up and running again. They’ll validate when I’m ready to return to work after surgery.

14 thoughts on “MRI News”

  1. Wow. Fantastic! What a roller coaster ride this has been but it looks like the worst is behind you now and the future is wide open. Aloha nui loa, Susan & Dean

  2. At last! The great news!

    Now all you have to do is, what the doctor tells you to do. And take your time about it.

    Leaves me wondering, about the list of things you want to do. Which ones to start with first?

  3. Wonderful news! Sounds like the best MRI result you could have hoped for. Very happy for you and Abe.

    1. Thanks, Mike. So far so good. We’re incredibly happy with what a great job Dr. Ferreira and his team did.

  4. That is such great news Maria!! Sounds like you picked the right surgeon for the job. Now take the time to recover, don’t push it!

    1. I’m with you on that – Ferreira is amazing. Neurosurgery said it would take 6-12 months for everything to heal. I expect to be back at work part time on August 1st, and we’ll see how it goes – how many glitches remain, how many will go away in the next several months, and how many I can expect to keep indefinitely. This should be interesting, and I’m definitely going to ease back in to things.

  5. That is such fantastic news, Maria and Abe!! Sorry I didn’t see this before you called Maria. I am so excited for your great news. Onward and upward!

    1. It was a real treat to visit with you on the phone, Judi! Thank you for the kind words and I look forward to chatting with you again soon. 🙂

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