I've been having more severe pancreatic attacks and seriously considering the Whipple procedure. Please tell me about your experience. What should I know about the Whipple procedure? Having completed the procedure, would you have made the same decision given what you know now? Does your quality of life improve? Thanks
lindatran54 lindatran54
31-35, F
2 Responses Aug 16, 2014

what is whipple procedure

I will be 49 next week and have suffered from chronic pancreatitis since I was first diagnosed with it at age 15. I had exploratory surgery at 16 where they found a duct was blocked and my digestive enzymes were not able to flow to where they were suppose to. I was prescribed enzyme pills (Pancrease/Creon) and still take them today. The surgery seemed to improve the frequency of my attacks. Though I still suffered acute attacks. Eventually at age of 25 I had the Whipple procedure. This was after a visit to the Mayo clinic where they wanted to remove my pancreas. I chose to go with the Whipple instead. After the Whipple procedure my attacks were very seldom and I was able to control the pain at home with prescription opiates. I was borderline dialectic for 10 years after the surgery and unfortunately was diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago. I still take opiates to control the pain but haven't had an acute attack in over 15 years. I work full time and always have. The main thing I do as far as diet is concerned is no alcohol and no caffeine. I am thin and can't gain weight but at least I don't lose weight anymore. I am 6'2 and have weighed 140 - 145 for the last 25 years.