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Old 11-21-2009, 04:05 AM   #1
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Pancreatic Cyst Removal

I have a pancreatic muccinous cyst and have been advised to have it removed because it could become cancerous. I would have a laparoscopy and Whipples Resection.

I am 71 years old and in good health at the moment. However I am concerned that this operation could be of detriment to my general health in the long term. As it seems to be such a serious operation I cannot decide whether to have it done or to hope for the best that it does not become cancerous.

Can anyone give me some advice as to the recovery time/after effects of operation. Has anyone refused this operation and taken the risk of the cyst becoming cancerous?

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Old 11-29-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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Re: Pancreatic Cyst Removal

I'm currently awaiting my biopsy of my pancreatic cyst which will be on Tuesday so I can understand your fear. If they tell me mine could possibly turn cancerous i'd tell them to take it out ASAP but I am only 32 years old. I know that my mother had a laproscopy to take out her gallbladder and she had almost no down time and now no visible scar because they make very small incisions during that procedure.

Old 11-29-2009, 12:16 AM   #3
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Re: Pancreatic Cyst Removal

I just did some reading and the best thing to do seems to be to go to a hospital that has done a lot of these procedures as they have a much lesser rate of mortality. I know that doesn't sound happy, it says the average hospital time is 14 days.

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