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marilyn was posted 06/01/2004 09:23 pm by mrs
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During the whipple surgery, part and once in a while all of the pancreas is removed. The two main functions of the pancreas are to make insulin to control blood sugars and digestive enzymes to break down fats in foods. For some after the whipple, the digestive enzymes don't seem to be working and a pill is needed to replace what the pancreas is not producing. A sure sign of needing digestive enzymes is when your stools float in the toilet bowl and have a greasy look to them.

My dad didn't have to take them until a couple of years after his whipple when he was overdosed on chemo and it sort of shut down his pancreas. 40% of his pancreas (the head of the pancreas) was removed during his whipple surgery. When dad recovered from the overdose, it took almost six months before he was off of the digestive enzymes for several months, but when he wasn't doing well had to go back on them permanently.

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