Welcome, family and friends, to Rob’s Pancreatectomy website. We wanted to find a way to keep everyone informed about plans and progress during this difficult time. After a decade of flares, hospitalizations, tests and hardship, Rob will be getting a Whipple procedure - this involves removal of the head of the pancreas (leaving in the tail half).
The surgery lasts approximately 6 hours. Rob will be in the ICU for a couple days, and then, if he is doing well, he will remain on a unit for a total of 7-10 days on average. When he is stable enough to be released from the hospital, we will move into the small house we rented just outside Minneapolis. The surgical team expects we will stay in MN for approximately 6 weeks post-surgery due to his significant recovery needs—nutrition/digestion, possible insulin needs, and surgical wound care. Rob’s parents have graciously agreed to care for Sam and Romy in NY for a couple of weeks and then move with them to MN so that we don’t have to be apart for too long.
It is our deepest hope that the rough road ahead will eventually lead to a vastly better quality of life for Rob. He has had to sacrifice so many of the things he loves most, particularly in the past couple of years, but we have an abiding faith in our future. Though I’m not sure how often I will add content leading up to the surgery, I will try my best to post frequently while we are in MN. Please feel free to add your own comments and messages as well. All of our thanks for your love and support.