Hello. Can anyone tell me about the whipple procedure. What is survival rate? Had anyone had this surgery. Are there any MD's out here that perform this procedure? I am thanking each and all for any info you can provide. Madlyn
My husband was unable to have the whipple procedure. He was diagnosed in Feb'13 and on 8/29/13 @5:05 while in the hosp., he passed away peacefully in my arms. Please remember our family in your prayers. Luv you all. Maddie (mommy52)
Hi. The whipple is a very big surgery and lots can go wrong. My husband went to supposedly one of THE best hospitals for the whipple to remove a well-defined 4.3 cm mass on the head of his pancreas.
Procedure went very well, but then major complication 3 days out: blood clots in his small intestines. They reopened him, discovered that small intestines had apparently all died, so removed all of his small intestines. He is now on permanent TPN and will never be able to eat food again for the rest of his life. And he has to go thru chemo next.
So, you think you're doing everything right by fighting insurance to make sure your husband gets the best treatment possible at the best medical center possible, and something like this happens!
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