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Whipple stats was posted 04/30/2002 11:43 am by Jez
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Vicky

whilst I agree with most of what you say I think for those new to the Whipple it could be a over the top to say 'The Whipple is a Very Dangerous and VERY Dehabilitating surgery'. Any magor surgery is risky but the statistics relative to the upside are here are good.

My fathers surgeon in the UK had done 35 whipples over 5 years with no losses during surgery or after due to surgical complications, his oldest patient was I beleive 84 who is still alive 3 years later.My research (be it via the ineternet) showed Whipple stats have greatly improved over the years due to centres of excellence and surgeons publishing their stats. I think it really depends on getting someone who does this on a regulat basis in a good hospital as to how dangerous it is.

Unfortunatly my father had vien involvement and just had the bypass done so I cant comment on the after effects although their are plenty of enzyme supplements to help you get by without part or all of your pancreas.

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