Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
What To Expect After Surgery
The Whipple procedure requires general Reference anesthesia Opens New Window and a hospital stay of 1 to 2 weeks.
Unless you had Reference laparoscopic Opens New Window surgery, you will have a large scar in your belly. It's normal to feel pain in the area for the first week or so. You'll get medicines to control the pain.
You will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine in about 1 month. It will probably take about 3 months until your strength is back to normal.
The pancreas makes insulin and digestive enzymes that your body needs to digest food properly. After part or all of your pancreas is removed, you may need to take medicine to regulate your blood sugar. You may also need enzyme supplements to help your body digest food.
It's important to receive follow-up care. Your doctor will set up a schedule of checkups and tests.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|