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    Cannot Digest Fat after Surgery

    Asked by Yes on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Cannot Digest Fat after Surgery

    My dad had Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma ~8 years ago. He had a surgery with gallbladder and part of the pancreas removed. Starting 2 years ago, he frequently had pancreatitis and difficulty in digesting fat. In 2012, he had huge weight loss. Even taking digestive enzyme supplements doesn't help. I am very worried about his situation. Does anyone has any suggestion? recommendation of a good doctor expected in this aspect? Thanks a lot!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Harry's Avatar

      First, welcome to the WhatNext forum.

      I believe that the best place to start is your dad's primary care physician. Is your dad as concerned about what has been happening as you are? If so, just encourage him to go get a check-up and tell the doc about what has been happening. Ask for a referral to a specialist if anything can be pinned down. If he is not concerned then there isn't much you can do. He is an adult and you don't want to nag.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      As Harry said, Dad's are sometimes hard to get to do anything for you and you can only do so much. But, I would encourage getting him in to see someone, and don't take no for an answer. My father started losing weight and the docs let it go for 6 months, be the time I finally got someone to look into it, his cancer had spread and was the problem.

      Best of luck to you and Dad both.

      greg p

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Suggest that he may want to see a registered dietitian or nutritionist. Fat is the hardest of the macro nutrients for all of us to digest. Fortunately, we don't need much fat in our diets. A dietitian/nutritionist can develop a no/low fat eating plan for him and, if necessary, suggest easily digested supplements for essential fats.

      almost 4 years ago

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