• What to expect with whipple surgery??

    Asked by Clucido on Monday, April 29, 2013

    What to expect with whipple surgery??

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    • JMS's Avatar

      Clucido - when and where are you having the whipple and what type are you going to have (and what I'm really asking here is whether or not you'll be having the laprascopic version)? About a year ago, I had the laprascopic whipple and spent 5 days/nights in the hospital recovering before discharge. I guess I would say that I don't remember much from the first couple of days following surgery (except for a tremendous thirst after I came to following the procedure). I definitely needed the pain-killers for the duration of my stay in the hospital, and decreasing doses for around a month after my return home. In my case, things went pretty smoothly at home for about 10 days, when I suddenly had greatly increased pain. It turned out to be caused by 2 abscesses on my liver that apparently resulted from the surgery - so if you experience a radical shift in pain - don't hesitate to contact your doctor/surgeon right away. I did find - and still do - that my digestive track doesn't quite function in the way it used to (meaning that I need to get to the bathroom very promptly), but all-in-all, recovery from the surgery wasn't too bad. Some of the subsequent treatments ... well, that was another matter, so if you are scheduled for follow-on chemo or (especially) radiation, let me know and I can share such information as I have about what's to come. Best regards, JMS

      over 5 years ago

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