• What is a Whipple?

    Asked by dean on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    What is a Whipple?

    It seems one has to research for option!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • waynej's Avatar

      Dean, a whipple is a major surgery about 6 hours long depending on what they find. I had a whipple in October 5,2011 and was in the hosp.for 13 days. After returning home it is advisable to walk as much as possible to get all your plumbing back working again. Eating will be interesting for awhile as your taste buds are all screwed up and digestion isnt that great but it gets better with time. Dean are your doctors considering a whipple at this time and if so please research for the hospitals have done these procedures before.(very important). I will tell you there is a lot of good info out on the web but be careful there is also some bad info out there, go to the trusted sites such as american cancer society,sloan kettering,mayo clinic,fox chase cancer center, and I found a video on the university of maryland website and also NCCN (http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp.) My whipple consisted of removing the head of the pancreas,gallbladder,part of my stomach and duodenum and surrounding lymph nodes due to a neuroendocrine tumor on the pancreas, and pathology showed 4 of 13 nodes were positive and has now spread to the liver with 2 small lesions less than 2cm, I am starting chemo today and am hoping for the best. I hope this info helps and if I can help you with anything else please let me know.

      almost 5 years ago
    • stillkickin's Avatar

      Dean, I had the Whipple procedure about a year and a half ago, and I agree with everything that waynej had to say about it. My experiences were similar to his. I wanted to sound off about his comment on the importance of researching the hospital in which you'll have the surgery. He is absolutely right about that, and your best bet is a hospital that has had plenty of experience with Whipple. By all means, do the research in order to make sure that you get the best care possible.

      almost 5 years ago
    • WeCanBeatThis' Avatar

      Dean, I am New to the website but I wanted to weigh in on your question about a whipple. When my Dr found my stomach cancer and undergoing a few more tests, he discussed with me the whipple procedure. He wasn't too experienced with such a Huge surgery so he got me in contact with another surgeon at MUSC in Charleston. Awesome! The Drs there wanted to do a round ( 12 weeks of chemo-1 per 2 weeks)After the first round of chemo they did another test -endoscopy or ct scan- not sure which one because It was all so much. But after the first round they noticed my tumor had shrunk. The surgery I had last July was "just" a removal of half my stomach...they didn't have to touch anything else as they would with the whipple procedure. I did have to complete another 12 weeks of bi weekly treatments but it all worked out. Good Luck! Praying for Your Sorry Recovery! TinaP

      about 4 years ago

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