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Pancreaticoduodenectomy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Pancreaticoduodenectomy is surgery to remove a tumor from your pancreas or bile duct. It is also called a Whipple procedure.


DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Medicines are given to decrease pain and prevent a bacterial infection. You may also need medicine to control your blood sugar.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. You may also be referred to an oncologist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Rest as needed:

Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Your bandage becomes soaked with blood.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • Your symptoms come back or become worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a stroke:
    • Numbness or drooping on one side of your face
    • Weakness in an arm or leg
    • Confusion or difficulty speaking
    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss
  • You feel lightheaded, faint, or have a seizure.
  • You are short of breath, have chest pain, or cough up blood.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You have severe abdominal pain that does not go away even after you take medicine.
  • Your jaundice gets worse.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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