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Please listen to advice posted was posted 04/17/2017 09:20 pm by Anonymous
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The other people posted great questions. Need to find out why dr is recommending this surgery and what type of surgery whipple vs distal pancreatectomy. Two totally different surgeries. I also ask, what would you benefit from having surgery at 80 years old? I am 30 years younger and had the whipple and I am still recovering 3 years later. I have not returned back to 'normal'. Knowing what I know, I would not do this surgery at an advance age. I would rather have a good quality of life doing what I can versus being alive only to take lots of medication, have chronic diarrhea (8-10x a day with medication), fatigue, abdominal pain, and a bunch of other crazy symptoms like loss of taste or metallic taste and so much more. If you are symptom free or have meds to manage your symptoms, enjoy your life now cause I doubt this surgery will make it any better. Good luck, Regardless of your age it's still a hard decision to make. Sorry to hear you have to make this.

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