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Why do you vomit after doing whipple surgery?

Why do you vomit after doing whipple surgery?

Gastroparesis: Not including the most common causes of nausea and vomiting which accompany any type of surgery (anesthesia, pain, etc.) one of the most common complications of the whipple procedure is delayed emptying of stomach contents into the intestines. This can lead to dilation of the stomach and vomiting. ...Read more

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Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more


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I am 5 weeks into recovery from whipple surgery. Yesterday, I woke up having itchy calf area, should I be concerned?

I am 5 weeks into recovery from whipple surgery. Yesterday, I woke up having itchy calf area, should I be concerned?

May be drug reaction: Not related to surgery, check all your medications and reaction, speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Whipple Surgery and Pain: If one choses a PCEA for postop pain, the person would really need to sleep on one's side vs. A PCA approach. Mostly right?

Whipple Surgery and Pain: If one choses a PCEA for postop pain, the person would really need to sleep on one's side vs. A PCA approach. Mostly right?

Actually no...: Patient Controlled Epidural Anesthesia (PCEA) is an excellent method to deliver local and narcotic anesthesia at the spinal cord levels involved in the procedure. Laying on one side or the other will tend to accumulate the anesthetic over time to the side you are laying on so you will want to lay flat. Because it is localized, PCEA can have fewer side effects of the IV narcotics in the PCA. ...Read more

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What are some whipple surgery complications?

What are some whipple surgery complications?

Pancreaticoduodenect: After a whipple procedure, the most common complication is delayed gastric emptying, a condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. The most serious potential complication is abdominal infection due to leakage where the pancreas is connected to the intestine. This occurs in approximately 10% of patients and is usually managed by a combination of draining and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are post whipple surgery complications?

What are post whipple surgery complications?

Whipple type: Pancreatectomy, or radical pancreatico-duodenectomy) is an extensive operation. Besides infection, hemorrhage, and possible injury to adjacent organs (there are many organs and vital structures adjacent to duodenum and pancreas), some complications include pancreatic fistula, intestinal obstruction, liver failure, diabetes, malabsorption, progression of malignancy, and even perioperative death. ...Read more

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My husband just had a whipple surgery, (successful) they found some positive nodes, he has to undergo chemo/rad. How successful would treatments be?

My husband just had a whipple surgery, (successful) they found some positive nodes, he has to undergo chemo/rad. How successful would treatments be?

Less than 10%.: I'm sorry your husband has pancreatic cancer. It's great that he had a successful surgery. I hate the fact that about 6.5% of patients with pancreatic cancer survive 5 years or more, and I hope he is in that group. For more statistics: http://seer. Cancer. Gov/statfacts/html/pancreas. Html. Best wishes to you both! ...Read more

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What is it like to have whipple surgery?

It's complex surgery: Whipple surgery is a fairly complex surgery. You can expect a slow and somewhat painful recovery. Medicines will be available to help you through the recovery. Blood tests will be needed on a regular basis. Your surgeon should have a handout and other information to help you through the process ...Read more

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I underwent Whipple surgery. Can you suggest me with diet?

I underwent Whipple surgery. Can you suggest me with diet?

Small frequent meals: As above, high fiber diet and watch your blood sugars as I don"t know how much of your pancreas is left behind ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post whipple surgery complications?

Can you tell me about post whipple surgery complications?

Many: A pancreatoduodenectomy has many sites of reconstruction that can cause problems. The CD is implanted into the jejunum. If there is a leak, bile accumulates in a cavity. Using a T tube and drains minimizes this problem as well as picks up ascending cholangitis from ERCP. The pancreas duct on the transected body should be implanted into the jejunum to assure pancreas function, but can also leak. ...Read more

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Do peoplewho have had whipple surgery ever regain their original weight?

Do peoplewho have had whipple surgery ever regain their original weight?

Depends: Some patients will gain some weight back but usually they do not gain all the weight back previous to the surgery. ...Read more

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Post WHIPPLE Surgery: What can possibly be causing intermittent pain across the large intestine area whether eating or not but mainly before defecate?

Post WHIPPLE Surgery: What can possibly be causing intermittent pain across the large intestine area whether eating or not but mainly before defecate?

Unable to answer: There are too many possibilities.
If the pain is concerning, then recheck with your DR.

It is impossible to DX the pain you are having in this format. ...Read more

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My father who is 64 had the whipple surgery 15 years ago and now the pancreas is not doing it's job on the enzymes side how long can he live this way?

My father who is 64 had the whipple surgery 15 years ago and now the pancreas is not doing it's job on the enzymes side how long can he live this way?

It depends...: Usually when the pancreas is not working properly there are meds that can be used as supplements for the enzymes lacking. This needs to be discussed with a gastroenterologist so they can decide what is the best treatment at this time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My dad had whipple surgery in dec 2011 and chemo till july 2012 the CT scan showed cancer grew back now kidneys are failing how long before he passes I saw him on sunday by tuesday because of pain the meds have him out of it and his wish was to die at hom

My dad had whipple surgery in dec 2011 and chemo till july 2012 the CT scan showed cancer grew back now kidneys are failing how long before he passes I saw him on sunday by tuesday because of pain the meds have him out of it and his wish was to die at hom

Respect his wishes: First my sympathy to all of your family. This is an unfortunate end stage of the disease and patient wishes has have to prevail. Your medical team will make every thing possible to make him comfortable. If his wish is to die at home, do not deny make it happen, he will have eternal peace. ...Read more

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What time do you have left with pancreatic cancer existing after whipple surgery? Stage 3. Ct scans are clear but patient won't/can't? Leave bed.

What time do you have left with pancreatic cancer existing after whipple surgery? Stage 3. Ct scans are clear but patient won't/can't? Leave bed.

PancreaticCA&whipple: If patient had a whipped they have had the best, most aggressive treatment. May need to add radiation and chemo, but a whipped is a hugh surgery. It can be very difficult to recover from...Taking months. Encourage the person to get up and eat and get moving. Do they really want to spend whatever time they have left in bed? Talk to ur md about depression and how you can help this person. ...Read more

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Mom has pancreatic cancer, whipple surgery done but now in lover & 2 spots on lung. Not eating well & tired. How much longer do you think she has?

Mom has pancreatic cancer, whipple surgery done but now in lover & 2 spots on lung. Not eating well & tired. How much longer do you think she has?

Quality of life: I am so sorry for your mother's illness. Pancreatic cancer is a difficult disease. We can't say how long anyone might live, but sharing time with your mother is likely to give her comfort and happiness. If you have not consulted Hospice, please give them a call. They are about caring, comfort and quality time for your mother and for you. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent vomiting after surgery?

What are some ways to prevent vomiting after surgery?

Depends on surgery: Best to talk to the surgeon but anti nausea meds, early but gentle feeding, ambulation / mobility after surgery, avoidance of infection, etc are a few basic things. ...Read more

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How common is it to vomit after surgery?

How common is it to vomit after surgery?

Very: Postoperative nausea and vomiting is the most common complication immediately following surgery. Control of nausea or vomiting is necessary for discharge from the pacu regardless of whether the patient is going home or being admitted to the hospital. Post surgery nausea or vomiting can occur from anesthetic types, specific surgical procedures, and specific patient types. ...Read more

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Dirreah and vomiting for 24 hrs Vomiting subsided. Will the surgery still happen. Tried pepto?

Dirreah and vomiting for 24 hrs Vomiting subsided. Will the surgery still happen. Tried pepto?

Need more info: Its not clear to me, but it sounds like you may have an elective surgery upcoming. If so, with your symptoms, you should let your surgeon know so that pre-emptive decisions can be made to make sure you are not placed at any undue risk. ...Read more

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I've always wanted to be a nurse. I'm fine with needles, blood, and vomit, but not so much surgery. Do I NEED to watch one in order to become a nurse? Thanks!

I've always wanted to be a nurse. I'm fine with needles, blood, and vomit, but not so much surgery. Do I NEED to watch one in order to become a nurse? Thanks!

No: But you may be required to assist with minor procedures. It is always better to follow your life passion without allowing minor concerns to prevent you from your goals. If you are okay with blood it is likely you will be okay with surgery. Good luck ...Read more

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I had my appendix surgery 3 years back since then I have similar pain in my operated area and vomiting. Appendiceal opening still seen in colonscopy?

Hernia/scar/adhesion: Pain at scar site may be from a small incisional hernia, scar itself, lacerated nerve etc. Appendiceal opening can still be seen if a small stump was left behind at time of operation. Vomiting is most likely not related to that operation unless you have adhesions causing obstruction. CT scan may provide further information. ...Read more

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What happens if I vomit 2 days after nose surgery? Will it get ruined?

What happens if I vomit 2 days after nose surgery? Will it get ruined?

Doubtful: But if it is persistent you need to call your doctor to see why it's happening. Bleeding down the throat causing nausea is a possibility. ...Read more

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He had surgery for gall bladder cancer 15 days back...Now have excess vomitting and fluid per wound? What to do

He had surgery for gall bladder cancer 15 days back...Now have excess vomitting and fluid per wound? What to do

Call Ur Surgeon: Postoperative vomiting warrants a call to your surgeon, even if it's (hopefully) just a false alarm. Be sure & tell him/her about the wound drainage, as well. ...Read more

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I did gastric balloon surgery, why I didn't have vomiting, and now no pain like before, slightly change on food quantity?

I did gastric balloon surgery, why I didn't have vomiting, and now no pain like before, slightly change on food quantity?

Need more info: The effects of any bariatric (intended to treat obesity) surgery are very complex, and I can't tell from your brief and cryptic account what is going on. ...Read more

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Hello dr. I have GERD problem. I have vomiting sensation most of the time. Dr told it s a mild. How to overcome this problem? Surgery will be useful?

Hello dr. I have GERD problem. I have vomiting sensation most of the time. Dr told it s a mild. How to overcome this problem? Surgery will be useful?

Anti reflux surgery: Gerd can be managed well with medications and diet manipulations. Avoiding alcohol and nicotine will help reduce your reflux. The decision to proceed to surgery is made over time, usually after medical therapies have been used, and egd/manometry studies show progression of damage to lower esophagus. Okay to ask for surgery referral to get details on your case. ...Read more

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How to stop vomiting after gall bladder surgery?

How to stop vomiting after gall bladder surgery?

See your surgeon....: Or call them with this information. I do not know your medical circumstances or when you had surgery. Stop any pain medications. Notify your surgeon asap to get help. ...Read more