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I am scheduled to have the Whipple surgery on 9/5/12. Can anyone tell me anything about it. How to prepare for it, what I will need in the hospital, what I will need at home?
Thanks so much!
The Whipole is no picnic, but it is manageable. My husband had it in November. You will probably be in the hospital about seven to ten days. They are able to control psot-surgery pain very well. My husband had pain meds with a pump for a few days and then they took him off of the pain pump. Within a few days of getting out of the hospital he was off prescription pain pills.
They sent us home from the hospital with everything we needed. He had a feeding tube still in--not because he was using it but because they didn't want to take it out until they were sure he wasn't going to need It. I had to flush it a couple of times a day and change his dressing a couple of times a day. It would be good to have someone at home with you to help with that if possible because it is hard to see and maneuver on your own. You may also find you want something--like a milkshake--that you don't have on hand and it's nice to have someone to get it for you!
We had a visiting nurse come for a couple of weeks after he got home. She checked his incision and made sure it looked ok and restocked our supplies.
You will do fine with the surgery. It's scary to think of it, but you will be able to do it. Good luck to you, prayers be with you, and please let us know how you are doing.
I agree with Joyce the Whipple procedure is no picnic, but it is surmountable. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer August 2010 and had the Whipple done March 31, 2011 after going through chemo and radiation therapy. You will be extremely sore after surgery but I didn't require any pain meds after I went home. (I was in the hospital for 2 weeks.) My surgery lasted almost 13 hours, a little longer than normal because they had to scrape part of the tumor off some veins. I came home with a feeding tube for almost 3 months, but that was really more of an inconvenience than a problem.
I pray you have someone home with you to help out, because you are not going to feel like doing anything, except sleep. My husband did go back to work, but he did ALL the cooking and cleaning when he got home. I didn't eat much with the feeding tube, but did drink a lot of Ensure or similar drinks.
It's now almost one and a half years after the surgery and I really feel great. I did lose over 90 pounds before surgery and keep it off. I have only gained about 4 pounds back so I am enjoying new clothes on a new me.
I was 63 when I had my surgery so don't let your age cause worry. May God Bless you and your Doctor. I will be praying for you both.