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I had it done in October 04. I had cancer and my intire pancreas was removed. I was in hospital for 6 days. I had it done at JHH by Cameron and his team and felt I was in good hands.
I do remember being wheeled in for surgery and being scared out of my mind. But then they knocked me out and I don't remember anything from surgery. I don't remember much from the 1st day at all. I don't remember being in a lot of pain and I was up walking around the halls, with help, on the 2nd day. I started eating jello on day 3 and regular food on day 4. I walked and walked and walked those halls to get my body moving and I think it did help with a speedy recovery for me. My incision did not hurt. The day I was released my husband and I took a cab back to our hotel and the next day I walked with him to the corner drug store, about two blocks. We drove back to Florida from baltimore the next day. I could not wait to get home. I took the food thing slow and had to adjust my enzymes because I had no pancreas at all. I am also diabetic because I have no pancreas. You won't have these issues, I hope.
Bluebird mentioned a waist support thing and I wish I had used one as it helps you to stand straight and take the pressure of your incision so not to get hernia's.
Eat mushy foods like mashed potatos, jellow, chicken broth to start. Although I was eating McDonalds on day 7.
Hope this helps you
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