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60% of my pancreas was removed when I was 36. I am now 59-1/2 and feeling very tired. Can hardly eat any lunch, just some raisins and nuts, if working, as I will fall asleep for 3 hours. As far as I know now, I am not diabetic. Excercise seemed to help when I was younger, but now I have a bad knee and spur on my right foot. What are the later repercussions of pancreatic surgery? Question
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replied June 14th, 2009
Long-term, there are a couple of potential complications that are rather commonly associated with pancreatic resection (particularly as one grows older). The two most common side effects of pancreatectomy are diabetes and "pancreatic exocrine deficiency."

Diabetes occurs when the remaining pancreas does not produce enough insulin, causing an increase in blood sugar (glucose) levels, and reducing the body's supply of energy (please see my recent column on diabetes, as it discusses the signs and symptoms of diabetes in some detail).

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency arises when the remaining pancreas cannot produce enough of the pancreatic digestive enzymes that aid in the digestions of fat and protein in the intestines. In this case, patients often report increased bloating, gassiness, and nauseas; as well as passing loose, greasy stools. In most cases, pancreatic exocrine deficiency can be treated by taking pancreatic enzymes, in capsule form, with meals.

You should probably be evaluated by a GI doctor, so that you can be assessed for the possibility of either of these two pancreatectomy-related syndromes.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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replied July 2nd, 2009
Re: pancreas removed side effects
I received a pretty good response from Dr. Robert Wacher regarding the quote below, but I forgot to say I also had a spenectomy, or NO SPLEEN. And, could this also create an obstacle after 23-24 years? This is important, because I am not capable of a 40 or more hour per week job, as I get too tired. I also catch colds and takes longer to heal. Thanks.

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60% of my pancreas was removed when I was 36. I am now 59-1/2 and feeling very tired. Can hardly eat any lunch, just some raisins and nuts, if working, as I will fall asleep for 3 hours. As far as I know now, I am not diabetic. Excercise seemed to help when I was younger, but now I have a bad knee and spur on my right foot. What are the later repercussions of pancreatic surgery? Question
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replied June 22nd, 2010
I'm 19 and live with a genetic disorder that causes me to have chronic pancreatitis. My GI believes taking the next step to remove my pancreas will increase my daily life, because I will be without pain. I have decided that having an insulin pump is well worth not having pancreatitis pain every two weeks, and not being cranky from narcotics. I already take digestive enzymes now with food so there will be no change with that. Are there any other complications i need to be aware of?
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replied August 6th, 2010
What is the outcome of a person that states he has had his pancreas removed and spleen, due to cancer??? I thought you can't have your whole pancreas removed.
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replied August 29th, 2010
I, too would like to know about this! I am suffering HORRIBLY from chronic acute pancreatitis. Please, someone..I am desperate for help!
Maria L
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replied June 22nd, 2011
There is an option my 10 year old had a total pancreatectomy with auto islet cell transplant. He is 6 months out of surgery and is getting better everyday. Dr. Humar in Pittsburgh performed this surgery and is a GOD send. For adults look up this procedure and might find a GI Doctor to help you with this procedure. It is considered experimental however, it has given a better quality of life for my son. No more hospital admissions from having pancreatitis. The good out weigh the bad for my son.
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replied June 22nd, 2011
Chronic Acute Pancreatitis, You have options
My 10 year old son had his whole pancreas removed also had his spleen, galbladder appendex and part of his bowel. They took the cells from the pancreas and transplanted them into his liver, kidneys and stomach cavity. He was diagnosed with Hereditary Pancreatitis and had chronic acute pancreatitis and we were told that there was not a cure. He is 6 months out of surgery and does not have the pain of pancreatitis as of now. Dr Humar in Pittsburgh did the over 13 hour surgery and yes there was some complications however, for my son he is already having a better quality of life. So to answer some of the questions yes you can live without a pancreas however, will be diabetic unless you do a total Pancretectomy with Auto Islet transplant then you have a 50% chance of being diabetic...
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replied April 20th, 2013
Hi my 11 yr old daughter suffers with hereditary acute pancreatitis and im running out of options!!!im not getting any where with her specialists as you can properbly appreciate and reading your blog my be an answer to our problems?i know you posted a few years back but if i was wondering how your son has been coping and if you could forward details of the consultant/surgeon you delt with as this would be a great help?although we live in the uk i would be more than happy to travel if i were able to give a better life style to my daughter!!!
Many Thanks
Matt
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replied March 20th, 2012
pancreas removal
hi I'm 45 years old man and know my pancreas is totaly removed by surgery.
what are the possible side effects arising due to my pancreas removal.

thank you foe what ever helpful information you will provide for me.

Bisrat Zerihun
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