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Anyway, my Mom wasn't fortunate enough to get the surgery, but I read a bit about it because I had been hopeful. The best part is that it is MUCH less complex than the Whipple surgery with fewer complications afterwards. Most people on this board have to get the Whipple, if they have surgery. There is less of a chance of having long term digestion difficulties/gastoparesis/diabetes and the recovery is usually shorter for the distal surgery. Removing the spleen means you need to be vigilant about getting your pneumonia vaccinations on schedule and be careful for infections risks.
But you are going to do very very well. As long as your surgeon is excellent, you should make a great recovery. Have you chosen your surgeon already?
May I ask, were you being followed by Johns Hopkins because of your family history and did they advise the yearly EUS? Were you following your lab tests and CA19-9 as well yearly, and did they show any changes at this point?
Well done. You are young, healthy, caught it early. You are going to be
fine. Good luck with the surgery and keep us posted.
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