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by julia70 on Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:00 AM
My mother is a 67-year old who is currently underweight, anaemic and has a history of hypertension. She is recently diagnosed as having ampullary tumour and requires a Whipple surgery in 10 days. I have not been able to obtain any information about how to prepare her for such a difficult surgery and I shall be grateful for any advice on how she may prepare her health for the surgery so that the recovery chances are better. Many thanks in advance.
by RMATT on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM
I am a 65 yr. old male that had the Whipple procedure done on Oct. 29, 2008 at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The only real preperation that you can do is find a surgeon that has preformed many of these procedures. I interviewed three surgeons at different facilities (this is also very important, as after care by the nursing staff is critical), before I made my selection. I was in hospital 6 days and then sent home. The first 4 weeks were very difficult in that I was uable to eat that well and was very weak most of the time. Nov. 29, was my two month anniversary and for the most part I am back to work. eat most anything I want and am starting a treadmill and stationary bike workout therapy. So, even though medical surgery cannot ever be considered a guareented outcome, I would say that your choice of a very experienced Whipple surgeon and hospital is very, very important to post surgery outcome. Hope this has helped you.
by julia70 on Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:00 AM
Thank you the message.
The operation was a success. To reduce weight loss, the surgeon put her thru 3 days of PTN feeding pre-op and then 2 weeks of PTN feeding post-op. Throughout the hospital stay, the overall weight loss is about 4 to 5 kg only.
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