How Do You Recover From A Whipple Procedure?
A Whipple procedure removes part of the pancreas, the duodenum, the gallbladder, part of the common bile duct and, occasionally, some of the stomach. The remaining pancreas and bile duct are then attached to the small bowel. This surgical procedure is used most often to remove pancreatic tumors. Recovery can be long and uncomfortable. Take medications for pain. Discuss questions or concerns about pain management with your surgeon. Take all the medications prescribed by your physician at the appropriate times. Get out of bed and walk around as soon as you can. The hospital staff can assist you with getting out of bed and moving around the day after surgery. Walk often once you arrive home from the hospital. Begin with a liquid supplement or broth. Move to puree foods, gelatin and brown rice. Gradually start eating small meals throughout the day. Give your digestive system time to adjust. Your doctor may refer you to a registered nutritionist to assist with your diet. Be aware of symptom