• What are the main foods to avoid after having a whipple procedure?

    Asked by walshmeister on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    What are the main foods to avoid after having a whipple procedure?

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    • carm's Avatar

      Hi, this is taken from this website: http://www.craigscause.ca/what-is-pancreatic-cancer/. I hope this helps answer some questions, Carm RN.

      Digestion / Diet and Weight Loss

      Many patients with Pancreatic Cancer struggle against drastic weight loss which can occur before diagnosis, during treatment and/or after surgery. The following information will give you suggestions for nutritious supplements that will aid in the maintenance or increase in the patients weight.

      A patients goal is to maintain a healthy weight, so that a comfortable activity level can be maintained. Each patient, with caregiver support, will have to actively engage in a trial and error process to see what works best for them, however smaller and more frequent meals are recommended. Protein rich meals are also suggested. Dieticians can give advice about diet and supplements that can improve patients’ nutrition. In general, it takes several months for patients’ digestion and ability to eat to return to normal levels.

      Malabsorption means the poor digestion and absorption of food, resulting in loose stools that are greasy, pale and tend to float in the water. The pancreas produces enzymes required for digestion of food. Removal of part of the pancreas decreases the production of these enzymes. Therefore, in some patients there is need for long-term treatment with pancreatic enzyme capsules to be taken by mouth with each meal.

      The following is a link to PanCan which has an extensive write up regarding weight loss and digestion challenges for patients with Pancreatic Cancer.


      over 5 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      From my experience, even 10 months after the Whipple, I still need to stay away from very spicy or fatty foods. The pancreatic enzymes (Creon) seem to help somewhat with this, but I get a strong stinging sensation throughout my digestive track if I happen to eat something highly spiced. For some reason, I have tended to favor sandwiches more than anything else. I guess the bread is a bit easier to digest and feels better going down. For at least a couple of weeks after the procedure, I did find it helpful to drink a glass of prune juice in the morning.....JMS

      over 5 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      okay ...I've been trying to establish a list for this.Bottom line is stay away from fatty foods and do not overeat. If you overeat you will probably throw up. The food just doesn't move and you'll get a lot of pressure in your diaphragm.My no-no list:Turkey soup,gyros,sausage,butter(but i still eat it),meatball subs,cheesteak,coffee creamer,breaded tilapia(but I've always had trouble with fish esp.salmon-but i just love it) fried potatoes,....these have all caused some severe pain but eventually I end up eating them again...I'm stupid like that...I've never been very good at dieting.....but the turkey soup is definitely out...I was sick for 2 days felt like I had a hangover.

      over 5 years ago
    • walshmeister's Avatar

      Thanks for the information everyone, and thanks Carm, you have some very helpful information. Thanks for your efforts, it calms me down.

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I am so sorry you went through this. Pineapple and papaya are full of enzymes. The core of the pineapple has the most enzyme (bromelain) and an unripe papaya has more enzyme (papain) than does a ripe fruit. Please speak to your doctor about eating these fruit and I'll send you a lovely recipe using each of them for the maximum benefit. I wrote a book about using food for healing and have had recipes used by a few food companies. If you want a more detailed ciriculum vitae, just ask. Dieticians, BTW, know a lot about supplements but relatively little about basic nutrition. :-)

      over 5 years ago

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