Whipple Procedure

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RE: Whipple Procedure

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

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hello,my name is anita and i am scheduled for a whipple on feb. 28 2007 i do not have cancer thank the lord, but  my pancreas is dieseased and calsifed my bile duct is blocked, and two attempts at a stint have failed, i am very anxious and scared i have never had any surgery .i am 47 soon to be 48 and never had any surgery . i am pretty healthy otherwise this painful problem. i am on many medications that help. but i feel misreable all the time.can you tell me what to excpect from the suregery and recovery of the whipple procedure. any help would be greatly appreciated. i am glad your husband is doing better but it sounds like he is having a hard time with his recovery. thanks alot and god bless

anita

RE: Whipple Procedure

by Jimandkathy on Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 11/27/2005 Blg2789 wrote:

Hi, Yes I had the Whipple procedure in September 2004. I was diagnosed with pancreas cancer in April 2004 and did chemo prior to the surgery to reduce the tumor. I had the surgery done by Dr. Joe Levi at the University of Miami Florida, the Hospital is Jackson Memorial. He does over 70 of these procedures a year and I also would recommend that you get someone that does a lot of these procedures. It is not an easy surgery so you want to have someone that has lots of experience with this procedure. Please let me know if you have any more questions about the surgery. Thanks, Barry

 

hello  i noticed you had a whipple done a couple of years ago along with chemo. my husband recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had the whipple done in november. he did quite well with that and has had 3 tx with chemo (gemzar) and will be starting radiation in the next couple of weeks. are you still taking any kind of treatments? are you cancer free at this time? do you still have to have any kind of follow up scans or testing? how do you feel mentally and physically? are you back to work? i hope you do not mind all of these questions. i would appreciate any feedback you could give to us. thankyou. jimandkathy

RE: Whipple Procedure

by dylanfan on Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 1/30/2007 Anita23 wrote:

hello,my name is anita and i am scheduled for a whipple on feb. 28 2007 i do not have cancer thank the lord, but  my pancreas is dieseased and calsifed my bile duct is blocked, and two attempts at a stint have failed, i am very anxious and scared i have never had any surgery .i am 47 soon to be 48 and never had any surgery . i am pretty healthy otherwise this painful problem. i am on many medications that help. but i feel misreable all the time.can you tell me what to excpect from the suregery and recovery of the whipple procedure. any help would be greatly appreciated. i am glad your husband is doing better but it sounds like he is having a hard time with his recovery. thanks alot and god bless

anita


 

Hi Anita,

        Hope by now you are recovering from your surgery.I had my whipples 9 years ago for ?cholangio-carcinoma which turned out to be a benign lesion.Would like to hear from anyone with similar problem who has had a whipple to compere notes of current health problems relating to the surgery.

RE: Whipple Procedure

by RUBCHRIS on Tue Nov 25, 2008 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.

Hello, i had the whipple procedure in october of this year.  The pain was terrible, the results?, i'm  happy to say  it worked.  I had cronic pancreatitus, everything i ate bothered me., it took a while to start eating regular food, just stick to a low fat diet, you should do ok.


 

RE: Precautionary Central Pancreatectomy

by anes4244 on Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello! I was diagnosed with a benign pancreatic cyst in 2001. Surgery was recommended but I decided against it. Since then I had 2 episodes of pancreatitis 2006 and 2008. I was evaluated at Cleveland Clinic by Dr. John Vargo, gastroenterologis specializing in pancreatic disorders and referred to Dr. R. Matthew Walsh for surgical evaluation.  Dr. Walsh performed my Central Pancreatectomy 2 months ago. The preoperative   diagnosis was  a pre-cancerous mucinous cyst located on the neck of the pancreas.  I was hospitalized for 6 days including the day of surgery.The procedure took approximately 4hr and 45 min and consisted of a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), central pancreatectomy (removal of cyst) , Roux-en-y pancreatico-jejunostomy ( 2nd part of the small intestine used to close the tail of the pancreas), and Retrocolic. The surgeron made an arch shaped incision across the upper abdomen from rib cage to rib cage.  I had a foley catheter inserted just prior to surgery. Follownig surgery I had a Nasogastic tube (stomach), and Jejunostomy tube (to drain fluid collection in the abdomen following the procedure).  The foley catheter and NG Tube were removed on the 3rd day and the J-tube was removed on the 5th day.  I don't recall having intense pain at any time following the surgery.  I had a PCA Pump (patient conrolled analgesic - Morphine) which allowed me to administer pain medication once every 10 - 15 min as needed a total of 6 doses each hour. I also used Incentive Spirometry (deep breathing exercise) in the hospital and several weeks following discharge. This was huge, it helped relieve incisional pain and primarily to prevent respiratory problems).  By the 3rd day I was up out of bed and walking in the hallway 3 - 4 times a day.  I had a follow up visit with the surgeon mid-November and was released to return to work mid-December. I don't think I could have a better outcome. The surgeon was able to take the least amount of  pancreatic tissure needed to remove the cyst. This helped prevent the development of diabetes and I don't need digestive enzymes. My appetite was poor the first few weeks but has since returned to normal. I've been back to work for 2 weeks, normal activites and walking 3 1/2 miles a day. I still take it easy regarding lifting. I was terrified of having surgery but if I had it to do all over again I wouldn't hesitate and I would have done it sooner.  The pathology report listed the cyst as a benign macrocystic serous cyst-adenoma.  

 

 

RE: Whipple

by LINDAKUN on Tue Feb 23, 2010 06:02 PM

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You are probably a wonderful woman but as a person diagnosed with stage four cancer, I never understood why people would share such graphic negative news on sites like this.  The whipple procedure has saved many people who are thriving today.

A person must have faith at a time like this, and need encouragement not discouragement.

 

RE: Whipple Procedure

by e2moma on Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:08 AM

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Hello,

I posted a detailed account of my whipple on the boards.  It can be found at: 

My Whipple Story

by e2moma on Mon Jan 11, 2010 05:54 PM

Hope it helps.  Best to you.

Susan

RE: Whipple Procedure

by kscaman on Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:33 PM

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I had a Whipple in Oct 2007, neuroendocrine on head of pancreas.  Dr. Levi in Miami did a great job no complications 8 days in hospital, back to work in 6 weeks full time I was 44 then 46 now and still clear.  I exercise and abdominals were strong so I think that helped my healing process I went back to the gym within 3 months am feeling fitter than ever.  DO lots of situps.  I have almost no side effects a little pain sometimes during digestion but that has tappered off, as I am dieting trying to eat fruits and veggies more.  My diet sucks.  I lost 20 lbs and feel good though.  I seldom drink don't smoke and no drugs.  DOn't know how I got it.  FIrst one in family with cancer on either side.

let me know if you have any other questions.  I go in for 7 month MRI's with Lynn Cancer institute.

 

RE: Whipple Procedure

by arlo128 on Tue Mar 16, 2010 02:44 AM

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I am 27 and had a Whipple to remove a tumor (solid pseudopapillary neoplasm) from the head of my pancreas on 01/12/10.  I was in the ICU for several days after the procedure and in the hospital for 10 days in all.  I had an epidural but it didn't work "because I am too small" so I was in a good amount of pain until they pumped me full of dilaudid.  The dilaudid reduced the pain but eventually made me delirious.  I was taken off of the dilaudid pump and put on oxycodone which did reduce the pain. The thing I didn't realize before the surgery that I should have thought of is that I was going to have a large (mine was 8 inch) abdominal incision and that when your abdominal muscles are cut, it is very difficult to do anything (sit up, walk around, put on slippers, etc.) so I wasn't prepared for that.  Within 6 weeks the incision had healed and although my abdominal muscles still feel tight sometimes I can pretty much do everything I used to do.  I had a lot of nausea and lack of appetite after the surgery, but that is better now.  Once I could handle carbonation I drank a lot of ginger ale and ate a lot of crackers.  Now, my digestive system doesn't run as smoothly as it did prior to the surgery but I am able to eat most of the things I used to ( in small amounts) without any problem.  I have been prescribed prilosec, but nothing else, and am waiting to hear about bloodwork results to see if I am absorbing the necessary nutrients.  My best to all who have had the whipple or who are going to have it-- it is a difficult surgery with a long recovery time but sometimes you are stronger than you think you are.  It has been very helpful for me to read about experiences on this board & would be happy to answer questions about my experience with the Whipple as I could not find a lot of information about it on other websites.

RE: Whipple Procedure

by ant041 on Mon May 17, 2010 09:13 PM

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Hey Arlo I had my Whipple the day before you 1/11/2010.Mine was for a 6cm GIST tumor on my deduem. I too was in ICU for several day because of Abdominal pain (spasms) and was in the hospital for a total of 12 days. I did have the Epidural however it was not touching the pain from the spasms so in addition to the epodural they gave me a PCA with dilaudid and some kind of muscle relaxer (it worked) You are right about the pain at first and then the good days start to out nubmer the bad days . I am back to normal and eat almost anything as well I am working two jobs and coach both of my kids baseball teams. Per the Dr's orders I am still not permitted to have carbonated beverages, steaks or roast until I see him in June. Other than that and with the weigt I lost I feel better than ever.I Thank God every day for bless me the way he did.

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