Whipple Surgery Complications
Hope this is an appropriate place to post this. My elderly fil was misdiagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the whipple procedure was performed in late May 2011. The Dr. then determined he had pancreatitis. He was in the hospital for at least four weeks and then home for about a week, eating just a little food, mostly relying on feeding tube. He had to go back to ER and had an emergency surgery to remove blockage in mid-June. He has really never recovered since. He has been transfered to a different hospital for care and had both the feeding tube and a suction tube that removed the bile his stomach could no longer process. The Dr also told us the pancreas was still infected and the infection was moving into the bloodstream. At this point, my fil stated he wanted no further medical intervention and was moved to a Hospice House. He has now had no feeding tube for 13 days and no IV fluids for 6 days. Once in the Hospice House, he decided he was going to eat even if it made him sick. He has no tubes, suction, etc. He ate a chocolate chip cookie and drank a cup of coffee and miraculously, he didn't vomit. Then last night he had some watermelon. I know he can't possibly be getting enough fluids, nutrition to stay alive. The family is now second-guessing the Hospice decision and is thinking about pushing a feeding tube again. Anyone ever heard of something similar to this? Maybe he was healing the whole time?