• whipple procedure

    Asked by donnalynn on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    whipple procedure

    I am really worried about life for my husband after the whipple - worried about recovery time, and quality of life.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Some people do very well with the Whipple. Some do not do as well. But your husband is in a much more hopeful place with a stage I pancreatic cancer and fast action on the treatment. How did they catch it so early? Was he having pain before any treatments? How is his health otherwise?

      about 4 years ago
    • Madison's Avatar

      My husband is a Stage 1B and had 2 whipples actually. The first whipple they had to stop because he had pancreatitis, but after 3 months of chemo, he had a successul whipple end of April 2012. He is doing really well. His post op recovery was quick and he did not experience any long term pain. What I learned when I was researching the whipple, is to go to a surgeon that is an expert on doing many of them in your area and who does them at a large hospital. Our surgeon was well known in the midwest for his success rate with whipple surgeries. so bottom line, get a good surgeon that has done more than a few each year. Good luck to you!
      Be glad that he qualified for the whipple, that right there is a blessing!

      about 4 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      I hear you, donnalynn. I'm also due for a Wnipple surgery with top surgeons, yet I still worry about the procedure and how deep the prolonged anesthetic must be.

      about 4 years ago
    • Plynn52's Avatar

      Hi Donnalynn! I had a Whipple 11 years ago. I agree with the other comments...go to a surgeon who has done this surgery numerous times. Recovery for me was difficult for the first few months with ability to tolerate diet...I did go home with a feeding tube...but things improved. At this point, I am "normal"...I probably have increased abdominal upsets...bloating, gas, frequent stools compared to those who have "all their parts in the right place"...but taking pancreatic enzymes help...when I remember. Some foods bother me more than others...and that is a "trial and error" thing. Your husband is blessed to have you by his side...remember to take care of yourself...being a caregiver is difficult also. Take a break from all this cancer stuff and do something fun together or with some friends. God bless both of you, Lynn

      about 4 years ago
    • magdem's Avatar

      I am also awaiting the Whipple and am apprehensive. I was told immediately to make sure to have a surgeon with much experience and that's why I chose MD Anderson. I was also told that not only the surgeon is important, but also the team that is responsible immediately after surgery should be experienced as well since they will know exactly what to look for. Makes sense to me. I also worry about the length of the surgery, but I guess there isn't anything that will totally remove all fears. Good luck to you.

      about 4 years ago

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