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surgery dangerous? was posted 10/30/1999 01:38 pm by pc in family
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My relative was dx in June, was told at Vanderbuilt Hosp in Nashville the whipple could not be performed because it had spread to an artery. But now a doctor in Memphis has told her it should have been done and now he wants to do it. She scheduled for it next week. She has lost about 35 lbs ,has had to take pain medication for several months, with increasing dosage all along. She has had a stent put in the bile duct. She cannot eat very much. My bottom line is --I keep reading in this post that if it has spread to the artery then the whipple cannot be done, Do you think it is too late for this surgery? I am worried she will not make it through it. Why does this doctor think he can do it when others said no. We have never been told what stage she is in or if it has spread to other organs. IS THIS RISKY?

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