Monday, February 15, 2010

Sitka is out of Surger

Report from Dr. Glassman at UGA just about 10 minutes ago.... Have a few other questions that have popped up, but we will ask when we receive another call tonight.

Ok... here is the report.

He told us he was sorry it took so long to call... but she is fine.

Initially when they went in, could not see any bubbling, even from the bulla they knew was ruptured. They ended up looking at ALL lung lobes and found several bullae most in the Left cranial lobe area of the lung. They found two dime sized bullae on the left cranial lobe that didn't appear ruptured (although they looked to be on the CT from earlier today) but were abnormally inflamed. So they removed a portion of her left lung - a 1-2 centimeter size.

On the right side. They did fine one hole that did not show up on the CT. They fixed this one. So, this is why he was very glad they took their time in looking over ALL areas of her lungs. So they removed 1/4 of one lobe on the right. (I think dogs have 2-4 lobes on each lung - and you can be fine without all lobes).

The areas they removed are called Eosinophils, which are abnormal cells which can indicate irritation or infection or parasites. He did confirmed that Sitka was on heartworm medication. He also said that the percentage that they saw on her was 2 or 3 % and sometimes there are no cause for them. Dogs just have that abnormal tissue growth. But they will know for sure after the path report comes back.

He said that he thinks she may have had another ruptured bullae somewhere that resealed itself since they have had her in the oxygen container and on the chest tube pump.

For now, there are no leaks in her lungs. They left her open for a short amount of time to make sure so they would not have to staple her shut then reopen the incision.

She is still sedated. But she appears to be tolerating it very well. No heart arrhythmia apparent. Breathing is good. Still has the chest tube however. They are going to keep her over night on a local anesthetic for the chest area for pain.

He would have preferred to go in using the scope, but he had to do a larger incision to get the abnormalities out. Other than the bullae disease, they did not see any other abnormalities but they are submitting the tissue they removed to pathology just in case.

They did do the tracheal wash. In doing that they noticed some inflammation of her trachea. This could be some sort of infection but he thinks it may be from all of the huffing/puffing she has done over the past couple of days.


ra_husky said...

Paws still crossed for Sitka,

Elyse K said...

My name is Elyse and I came over from Cyber-Sibes' blog. I just came to say, fingers and paws crossed and prayers offered for Sitka and her family.

Randi said...

Keeping vigil with you..

Lots of love coming your way...

Love & Licks,
Randi & her peoples

Cyber-sibes said...

our mom breathed a sigh of relief that Sitka's surgery seems to have gone well so far. Sending more Sibe vibes & prayers, hugs to all of woo.

jack & moo

Lorenza said...

I hope everything goes well!
Paws crossed and prayers here for Sitka!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Betty Briones said...

So happy to hear surgery was a success....please keep me posted on Sitka. Y'all are all in my prayers and will continue to be so....

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

Thank you so much for the update. I haven't been able to stop thinking about you all. I am glad to hear the Dr. is opptimistic about everything. We are all sending healthy vibes for the path report. Sleep well Sitka and lots of love to you and your family. They adore you and every pup could only hope to have a furrever home like yours.

Lots of love from all of us.

River said...

We have gone through a tracheal wash here, too and it was inconclusive. It sounds like your vets and surgeons did a terrific job. I hope Sitka will feel much better real soon.

love & wags,

Holly and Khady said...

We are still sending lots and lots of prayers for Sitka! It's never easy having a sick baby, and we know how you humans get!

Sending lots and lots of vibes and hugs to you all!

Holly and Khady
(and their mom too!)

Ike said...

I'm sending healing vibes!

Piappies World said...

Hi Sitka,

We found you through Ao4 Zimmie. We cross our paws for your quick recovery and we look forward to sharing adventures with you.

Hope you can visit us when you feel better.

Praying for you here in our world.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Scrappy & Bullet

Noah the Airedale said...

What a bloody big fright you all must have had. I guess you wont rest easy until Sitka is home with you and better. Paws & fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are crossing all our paws for you, Sitka! We're also sending lots and lots of healing Aire-zen!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Mochi and Mommy said...

I'm keeping my paws crossed for you, Sitka!


Wild Dingo said...

Hi, I came over from The Thundering Herd. I am crossin gmy paws that Sitka will get better. I'm so amazed at the complexity of this disease and the progressiveness of today's vets to be able to help our fur-friends like this. we're very lucky. he sounds like an awesome vet.
lots of wags and wiggles to Sitka from my sibe Juno and my sibe-loving non-sibe, Loki.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We continue to send you TONS of AireZen, Sitka! Our paws are crossed!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

Oh, poor baby has been through so much. Fingers & pawsies crossed for a speedy recovery!!

Marlene, Cosmos & Juneau

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! We will be keeping our paws crossed and sending healing Sibe-vibes for Sitka!
-Kira The BeaWootiful