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Distal Pancreatomy and Spleenectomy Information

Distal Pancreatomy and Spleenectomy Recovery - looking for info from patients and caregivers who have gone through this surgery. My husband is going to have it in the near future and we are anxious about it.
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replied January 19th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern.
It is time consuming procedure.Median duration of surgery is about 4 hours,median blood loss is 500 ml.Morbidity is 40-50%.Mortality is approaching 0%.About 4-7% patients develop intraabdominal abcess.About 8% patients develop insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
Pancreatic cancer by itself carries poor prognosis.However,if disease is localized nonmetastatic,lesion is less than 3cm,lymph node negative for cancer cells and Ro resection is carried out that is no residual or macroscopic tumour is left behind and adjuvant treatment is also given,then the estimated median survival is about 2 years and 5 year survival is about 20%.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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Khan
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