Whipple Procedure

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by Aries on Sat Jan 14, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi Russ - Homeward bound this morning. Thanks so much for your concern. The best to you and yours during the year as well. Jackie

Dr. in Florida

by Wendyinsb on Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hello Barry I was reading your message and wanted to get some information from you. My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last week and he is going to see Dr. Levi on Wednesday. I can not find too much information on the web about Dr. Levi and am concerned to make sure he is getting the best care and course of treatment. We won;t know until Wednesday what stage this is at and what course of treatment willbe suggested. Since you were treated by Dr. Levi I am wondering if you can comment? My dad is 75 years old and currently very weak. They just finally discovered that this is what his problem is so we haven;t a clue how far along but the diagnosing dr said it has not mestastizied so I guess that is good news. Any advise from anyone on this is appreciated. I keep hearing the MD ANderson in Hosuton is th best place to go but I hate to disrupt their lives further if local practitioners are just as qualified.

Dr. Levi

by Milygo on Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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Wendy S and Barry, I saw that you both have experience with Dr. Levi. Could you please give me some information on him. I know that he performs a lot of whipples etc a year and that he is cheif of general surgery at Jackson, but I don't know anything else. Any info would be greatly appreciated (from anyone). Thanks so much, Michelle

Dr. Levi

by Wendyinsb on Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hi Michelle My father had the whipple procedure done by Dr. Levi in March. He is still recuperating but not due to the whipple. Dr. Levi did a great job and all reports are that his surgery was successful. Dr. Levi was very knowledgeable and expert although I would say that his people skills are lacking. That being said I'd rather have a Dr. who knows what he's doing once he cuts you open than one who has people skills. If you are looking for a recommendation re: Whipple then Dr. Levi is definitely your man. Good Luck. Wendy

Dr. Levi

by Milygo on Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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Wendy, Thanks for the quick reply. We don't know yet what my mom has. She has a mass that "may or may not be of pancreatic origin" and they suggested that she have a biopsy. The CT results were fairly inconclusive and they couldn't say if anything had spread or even what the mass was a part of. I am VERY scared. I called around and Dr. Levi was suggested, since he specializes in the pancreas. She has an appointment for Wednesday, but I am concerned that that is putting it off too long... however, Dr. Levi only sees patients on Wednesdays... so I guess we will have to wait until Wednesday. Do you think I should see if I can get her in to see another doctor sooner, or just wait for Dr. Levi? -Michelle

Dr. Levi

by Wendyinsb on Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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I can totally sympathize with your anxiety and your fear. I went through the same thing with my dad. We weren't sure even with the biopsy what type of cancer it was. He had a mass blocking his bile duct and Dr. Levi was able to get everything with the whipple - which we weren;t sure he was even going to perfrom until he opened up my dad. We are lucky that it isn't pancreatic type cancer so he may be ok. We are just going to monitor the lymph nodes now as my dad is too weak to have chemo. If your mom doesn't have pancreatic then I have been told the other type is very slow growing. I would wait for Dr. Levi since it is only a week as he will know and it seems that he can get the surgery scheduled quickly if that is what is needed. In southern FL I am told that he really is the best. Good luck to you both. W.

dr Levi

by Milygo on Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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Wendy, Thanks so much for your help and kind words. My mom is 62 and is in decent shape (she has high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, but that's it), so hopefully she will be a candidate for any treatment he prescribes. Do you know how soon after the initial appointment it took for your dad to have his biopsy? How long after the biopsy did he have the whipple? We do know that there is no biliary distention, so I guess that is good... and besides back and epigastric pain, she has no jaundice or some of the other signs. The radiologist was unsure if the mass in connected to the pancreas. Apparently, it is hard to tell from the scan, but it is near the head of the pancreas. This all kinda came out of no where. She went for a routine gynecologist appointment and he felt the mass in her abdomen. He thought it was an enlarged liver, but it is a mass. She had been to an internal medicine doctor just the week before for the back and belly pain. He didn't even mention this possibility and gave her Nexium and pain pills instead! So did the ER doctor the weekend before the internist appointment. It is all so very frustrating. I am glad to read that Dr. Levi is very good. I was recently at Jackson for severe trauma (car accident), so I know that they have top notch equipment and doctors. Thanks again for all your help. -Michelle

RE: Precautionary Central Pancreatectomy

by Curlgirl on Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi-I just came across your message re: central pancreatectomy.  My story sounds similar.  I have a 2 cm tumor in the neck of the pancreas.  The doctors feel that it is probably benign as I have had it for awhile.  In June of 2006, an attempt was made to enucleate it laproscopically, without success.  I am now going to pancreatic surgeons at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC-I see that you were at MSKCC.  How is your husband, who was his surgeon, and why did you choose that hospital and surgeon.  I was out at the Mayo clinic last March.  I hope that your husband is doing well, and that it was, indeed, benign.

RE: Whipple Procedure

by Jimandkathy on Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 11/23/2005 Notsick wrote:

I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had the whipple procedure and the results of the procedure.

 

hi  my husband had his whipple procedure done on 11/15/06 and is doing pretty well. his spirits are pretty good right now but he did have to work through some depression and anxiety for a couple of weeks. he does better with smaller portions and snacks. this way he does not have as much bloating or gas discomfort. since this all came about he has lost 50lbs and seems to have stabilized at 180lbs. he is diabetic and his sugar is getting under control with very little sliding scale insulin needed now and we are actually able to decrease the lantus at night also. he still tires easily, but he is now lifting small hand weights and walking almost every day. we will see the cancer specialists in a week and begin chemo shortly thereafter. this makes us a little anxious, but we have come through so much in such a short time. God has blessed in so many ways.

RE: Whipple Procedure

by Anita23 on Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:00 AM

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hello i was wondering if you could help me out i am scheduled for the whipple on feb 28 and i am looking for someone that has had this surgery to help me with alot of questions i have. i do not have cancer but my pancreas is diseased and my bile duct is blocked two attempts at a stint have failed and my life has been misreable and painful and tons of medicine for a year. so the whipple is my doctors only suggestion. thanks for your help in anyway. anita

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