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Post Op Experience was posted 06/30/2009 01:23 pm by Anonymous
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My husband's surgery lasted 10 hours because of vien involvement. The surgeon's nurse came to the waiting room every 2 hours and gave me an update on what was happening and what would be performed next. After the Whipple, my husband was placed in ICU where he remained for 4 days. He then went to a private room with three drains and a tube that ran down the back of the throat (which was the one things that he complained about most because it made his throat sore and worsened his post nasal drip from allergies). Once in a private room, I stayed with him around the clock for the remaining 5 days that he was in the hospital. He needed help getting to the bathroom with his drains and the IVs. The best thing to do with drains is pin them to his hospital gown. Also, the various drips will begin to alarm and it helps to have someone there who can get a nurse or PCA in to cut the alarm off because they could make an angel cuss. The tube down the throat was taken out about 7 days after the operation and he began getting soft foods. He received insulin while in ICU but has not required it since then nor does he have a problem eating sweets or fat. In fact, shortly after arriving home he asked me to get him a Forsty from Wendy's - I was amazed and surprised that he could drink it without complications. It has been 2 months since the Whipple, and while he has had other complications with post op infections and complications with the Virginia Mason chemo/radiation, he eats whatever he wants, just in small portions. But, like they say on this board, everyone is different. Good luck and god bless both of you.

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