Anyone have a Distal Pancreatectomy?

By IRISH-Q.T. Latest Reply 2009-01-15 16:52:35 -0600
Started 2009-01-10 23:34:10 -0600

I was not diabetic before the surgery…I am wondering how others recovered from the surgery…

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2009-01-15 16:52:35 -0600 Report

I had never heard of this before. Thank you to those who posted replies and explained what it is.

sparkysmom 2009-01-12 15:57:59 -0600 Report

I didn't know either. Found this…
A distal pancreatectomy is where the bottom half of the pancreas is removed by a surgical procedure. The most frequent reason for performing a distal pancreatectomy is the presence of a tumor in the body or tail of the pancreas.

bucky 2009-01-12 18:48:28 -0600 Report

A distal pancreatectomy is performed for pancreatic cancer, other pancreatic tumors, and pancreatic cysts. At UAB, approximately two-thirds of these cases are performed laparoscopically. The determination to perform an open or laparoscopic procedure is based on patient history, medical conditions, and tumor type and location. Hospital stay for both procedures is four to seven days. The most common complication is pancreatic leak from the transected pancreas, which occurs in about 20 percent of patients.

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IRISH-Q.T. 2009-01-13 09:44:31 -0600 Report

Yes, the procedure was done for a tumor. I was hoping to get someone else's prospective on recovery. I am having a bit of a hard time!

bucky 2009-01-14 20:22:31 -0600 Report

i personally have not had any tumors or cancer of my pancreac. but do a lot about it cause i have had 23 pancreac attacks. sorry to hear that your having a hard time with things i guess i really dont know what your going thro i can only tell you that what i had was very painful i can only amgine what your going thru.

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