Originally Posted by ba kraft
OK , i have 2 options either have a stent put into my pancrease into the small intestine or have the whipple operation . I have a cyst on my pancrease, which may have pre-cancerous cells and the Drs. just found a stone or calcification blocking my duct . I also have chronic pancreatitis . I hear the stent may be just a temporary fix , but it is less complicated and shorter recovery . Is there anyone that can give me a suggestion as to what they think especially if they have been through this . Thank you
My advise would be to have the stent done with a biopsy of the cyst. I'm not a doctor or nurse but I went through this my sister and the whipple is a very very complicated surgery and you can possibly loose organs unnecessarily. The recovery is very long and painful. You need to make sure that it is NOT cancerous before making that decision, in my opinion. Also make sure that your surgeon has done this surgery before and how many. Ask questions of your doctor, please.
My sister didn't, and she had a doctor that had never done the surgery before and ended up loosing her spleen because of blood flow being cut off. But she also had pancreatic cancer.
I'm not trying to scare you I just want you to make the wright decision. Be proactive it's your body and your life. There is nothing wrong with 2nd and 3rd opinions. God Bless and good luck. Keep us informed.