Read your message and just wanted to let you know that I live in Dallas and am also a patient of Dr. Jeyarajah. He is truly wonderful. I spoke with several other surgeons around the area, and he is very highly respected. You're husband is in very good hands.
I had a distal pancreatectomy and followed two years later with a partial hepatectomy at Stanford in California. Mine is a rare neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas and my dr. in California is one of the few experts who deal with it.
I used Dr. Jeyarajah for 2nd opinions and am now his patient for follow-up scans, etc.
Re mortality of the Whipple...I think you are safe with Dr. Jeyarajah. I won't kid you that it is a huge surgery and the recovery can take awhile and lots of patience.
There are really only two surgeons who do a high volume of Whipples here in north Texas, Dr. J and Dr. Shires at Presbyterian. It's possible Southwestern Med School has added someone recently who also does them in high volume. Dr. J used to be Southwestern's surgeon who specialized in Whipples and when he transferred to Methodist, they lost having someone for awhile.
We initially thought I was going to have a Whipple and thus looked at it the
same as you going in... I just think you can have a lot of confidence with
Dr. Jeyarajah. He is kind and compassionate in addition to being
skillful...he is very, very smart and like most surgeons, is incredibly hard
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