How Long Does it Take to Recuperate from HIPEC?

Today’s FAQ generates from a surgical oncologist who asks this question on behalf of a patient.

By HIPEC patient, Gabriella

As is the case in many situations, recuperation time CRS HIPEC varies from patient to patient.

There are many factors that determine recuperation time. When considering these factors one should include:

The age and overall fitness of the patient,

The extent and location of the disease,

The number of previous surgeries and/or systemic chemotherapy(ies)

The chemotherapy agent being used for the HIPEC procedure,

The skills/experience of the surgeon and technical staff,

The skills/experience of the post op nursing staff and attending surgeons,

The patient’s personal/spiritual outlook and patience,
Help from the caregiver (spouse, family, and friends) to assist the patient at home after surgery)

In general, members of the PMP Pals’ Network tend to recuperate the majority of their pre surgery stamina within 12 weeks post op, with additional increased stamina throughout the first year, post op.

Allowances must be considered for any possible post op complications, e.g. infections. Post op complications, though annoying, are generally resolved within a matter of days or weeks. Even without HIPEC, CRS is a major surgery, therefore, patients must exercise “patience” during the recuperation process!

Recuperation times are as individual as the patients themselves.

Patients would do well to keep in mind that, in effect, that by committing to surgery, they are “exchanging” several weeks of recuperation for years of the improved health that CRS with HIPEC provides for the majority of individuals.

Pal members who have successfully recuperated from HIPEC, range in age from young parents, who have conceived and welcomed children into their families post HIPEC, to “seniors” age 78+ who now travel the world and/or have welcomed grandchildren into their families, post HIPEC.

How do we define “successful recuperation?”

The above mentioned patients are all at least two to eight years post HIPEC and lead active lives.

The young patients, noted, are physically active, and are employed full time while raising their families.

The “senior” patients noted above are now 80+ years old, enjoy travel and spending time with friends, and dote on their grandchildren.

For more information about HIPEC, see the following:

HIPEC Patient Profiles on www.pmppals.org

HIPEC Treatment Centers on www.pmppals.org

Dr. Kiran Turaga answers “What is the typical recovery time after a HIPEC procedure?”
(HIPEC video)

Dr. David L Bartlett describes Regional Perfusion (HIPEC video)

The PMP Pals’ Network welcome comments, corrections and clarifications from surgical oncologists on this, and any other topic.

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Patients should seek the advice of their own professional healthcare providers.
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