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I am probably much younger than your dad and I had a whipple. You are right itís an incredibly difficult recovery and I was young and healthy. There could potentially be lots of complications. Itís taken me 4 years and a lot of work to gain weight among other issues I deal with. It has been difficult at best.
That doesnít mean he canít survive it. Everyone is different. The main question is that can he thrive after the surgery? What kind of life will he have if he didnít have the surgery vs having the surgery?
Keep on asking questions at Hopkins or where ever you decide to consult. Itís going to be a difficult decision either way.
Remember just because he doesnít have surgery doesnít mean you or your dad are giving up. It just means youíre not will to take a risk and prefer to enjoy his life as is.
Good luck and sending prayers.
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