We've been blessed.
She's doing well. The surgeon just spoke with us as his team is doing final sew-ups.
Bottomline: They think they got it all.
Here are the facts:
1) The tumor was 4 cm and would have been too large to meet transplant criteria, so this was the better option.
2) They removed 16 lymph nodes that all appear to be benign.
3) They removed two benign cysts in the liver or biliary tree (not sure which).
4) They removed sections of the right and left sides of the liver, not the entire right side as previously planned.
5) They removed three sections of her bile ducts.
6) The tumor had encased the portal vein only on the outside and not internally. They resected the vein as a result.
7) The first pathology testing on all tissues removed except for the cancer are benign, and a secondary round of testing will take place as a precaution.
8) Her blood pressure was stable during the surgery, but she had some bleeding and received blood.
9) She'll go into recovery for 2 hours or so.
10) The two main concerns for tonight are: clotting in the resected portal vein and hemorrhaging. This will need to be managed tonight with blood thinners, etc.
So, the surgery went well and the masterful, wonderful, God-sent, lovely and brilliant surgeon thinks he got everything. It could still backfire, but this really scary day is closing with a positive sunny light.
Thank YOU for all of your support.