• After Whipple

    Asked by Blue on Friday, March 15, 2013

    After Whipple

    I had the Whipple surgery and after 8- weeks am still having problems with digestion. Food goes in one end and within a short time comes out the other. It is difficult to hold my weight. Any suggestions?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • planogirl60's Avatar

      Have you tried Ensure or something similiar?

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      It sounds like you are experiencing dumping syndrome. Let me give you a link that you might find useful that will help guide you through the post process and diet. Best of luck, Carm RN.


      over 3 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      Hi Blue - Having gone through a Whipple a bit more than 11 months ago, I can certainly sympathize with you. I too found that foods went through me quickly and I lost weight, something that became more pronounced once I began chemo and radiation therapies. I have found, however, that some foods are better than others and I tend now to include a lot more bread, crackers, and soups in my diet than previously. Sandwiches have become my "go-to" food now because they go down easily and tend to stay in longer. From my own experience, I try to restrict my intake of sugars (I'm not diabetic - at least not yet) and, more recently, am very careful of fatty foods. In this regard, all of my doctors (including the oncology nutritionist) recommended high calorie foods that tended to also be high fat. For example, one doctor recommended I consume a "pint of Ben and Jerry" every day. I didn't begin to eat loads of ice cream, but did raise my intake of fatty foods to put on weight - with near disasterous results, as fats (in the form of an orange-colored oil) passed through my system very quickly - along with pretty much everything else. I consulted a gastro-enterologist and he indicated that since I only have a partially functioning pancrease now, I needed to stay far away from fatty foods and continue to be mindful of my sugar intake. Foods still move through me faster than they used to, but things have improved significantly. Also, be vigilant about taking the Creon and you may need to increase the dosage (so check with your doctor on this). Good luck, JMS

      over 3 years ago
    • joyce's Avatar

      My husband has a serious problem with this as well. He takes immodium and that helps a lot. He also has to eat almost exactly the opposite of what is supposed to be a cancer-fighting diet-no whole grains, no high fiber foods. He tries to eat a lot of protein to maintain his weight and eats lots of rice and potatoes. He has to be very careful with veggies and fruits--peels the skin off apples, cooks vegetables and avoids anything that produces gas. His problem is thought to be from radiation damage, and he is taking hyperbaric chamber therapy with the hope it will heal the insides.

      over 3 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      I'm almost 2 years out and am still going through that if i don't watch what I eat. I would have to say stay away from oils,butter,mayo,sour cream (homemade chocolate chip cookies,turkey soup,sausage,fatty hamburger). It's all trial and error.Eggs and potatoes worked well for me in the beginning--good luck

      over 3 years ago

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