I was living well with my indolent cancer but because I was fearful of the new insurance regs, and since it was not very invasive, that I would go ahead and have the prodecure done.
I went into Mayo on Dec 19 and had a microwave ablation done to a 1.3cm ggo. An outpatient procedure.
I was admitted into the hospital and told that even though the correct mfgs specs were used, that the ablation, which was expected to be less than 2 cm turned out to be 6 cm and I had a pneumothorax. I had 2 chest tubes inserted and 2 blood patches, the second one was successful on 12/24 so they sent me home. I did not see the infection from one of the tubes until I got home. .
From 12/24, I had increasing weakness. I developed a fever on 1/12 and saw my GP in town and he was concerned about chest tube site infection and possible pneumonia so I went for a chest xray and he put me on levoquin. The xray showed a pneumothorax 3cm at apex. I called Mayo and they asked me to come, which I did 1/15.
Had CT scan at Mayo which showed the pneumo unchanged but also infected fluid in pleural space.
They did TPA flushes and removed over 1000ccs of fluid. The cultures showed strep. They sent me home on Jan 18 with the pneumo unchanged and a small amount of fluid at base of lung and kept me on levoquin for 2 weeks. I had a chest xray on 1/21 and the pneumo was still there….no change.
I am stronger but have pain in the area of the ablation and I have some SOB on exertion. I am going to Mayo on 2/5 for a CT. I went from being a well person to now not knowing whether this BPF and infection will be my end. Do people ever recover fully from BPF and infection in pleura?
I am sending this to tell Dr West, he was right, I should have left well enough alone. I want to share this with the hope it will help someone else down the line.
Many blessings to all at Grace,