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ipmn whipple was posted 08/02/2016 07:49 pm by SherGa
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I had the whipple surgery for an IPMN in a side branch in body of pancreas. I chose to have the surgery because of research that showed that 1 out of 3 IPMNs became cancerous over time, because after following my IPMN with an MRI twice a year for 2 yrs, a small amount of growth was noted, 2 gastroenterologists recommended surgery, and 2 whipple surgeons recommended surgery. On July 1, 2013, I had whipple at Emory University hospital in Atlanta, Ga. In hospital for 4 nights, walking around halls day after surgery (with IV tubes and pole), and pain totally kept under control. Spent night of July 4th watching beautiful firework displays over the city from my hospital window with my 2 sons. Am so glad I had the cyst removed!! Biopsy of removed cyst showed cells with intermediate dysplasia, which would have become high-grade, and then adenocarcinoma. I now have no lingering everyday worries about whether the cyst is becoming malignant on me. It is out and I have no problems with my everyday life. I do have some problems with diarrhea if I eat the wrong foods sometimes but nothing that stops me from my normal activities. I work full time, play tennis twice a week, take long walks, hike, etc. Know this is long, but just want you to know that I am so glad I had the cyst removed. I'll take some diarrhea over cancer any day of the year. I feel extremely lucky to have had the surgery with no problems then nor now. Good luck and email me if u want more info.

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