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Surgery was posted 08/04/2016 02:14 pm by Anonymous
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There must be different types of Whipple Surgery. I guess I had the old fashioned one, where they removed the head of the pancreas, the common duct, duodenum, gallbladder and then reconstruct everything using a segment of the small intestine. This is the surgery, I think, that causes the most serious after affects. Especially digestive issues. The skill level of the surgeon is very important. I had the surgery 14 years ago. No complications during surgery, but did have reaction to anesthesia which resulted in being in hospital total 11 days. I was weak for quite a while, but walked and walked to get my strength back. Back to work full time in 10 weeks. I did not need or take pain meds after the first few days in hospital. Some people tolerate discomfort easier than others, and I knew the pain meds have negative side affects as well. Full recovery took a long time. Today I have a good quality of life, I am active but have never regained all the strength and stamina I had before surgery. I am diabetic as result of the surgery, and dependent on Creon (pancreatic enzymes). It was several months after surgery before I was diagnosed diabetic, or diagnosed with pancreatic insufficiency as a result of the surgery so I think some complications can take time to show up. Otherwise I am OK. Enjoying life. Not everyone has problems after Whipple surgery, but many more DO than otherwise from what I have seen and been told by my doctors. All surgeries should be carefully approached. Whipple surgery is a big deal in my opinion. It is always best to consult with medical experts, and get more than one opinion if possible.

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