hospital stay will depend on the type of surgery you had. Recovery after you leave the
hospital may take a month or more.
the first few days, you’re likely to have pain. It can be controlled with medicine. Your
doctor will prescribe this to you. You may have an epidural catheter in your lower back
so that it’s easier to give you pain medicine. You may have a patient-controlled
analgesia pump (PCA). This is an IV form of pain medicine that you control by pressing a
button. Before you leave the hospital, your healthcare provider will start you on an
oral pain medicine instead. Talk with your healthcare team about your options for pain
relief. Some people are hesitant to take pain medicine, but doing so can help you heal
and recover. If your pain is not controlled well, for instance, you may not want to
cough or get out of bed. You need to do these things to help prevent problems like
pneumonia and blood clots.
healthcare provider may have put a small tube (called a drain) in your lower stomach
during surgery. There may be more than 1. You may go home with 1 or more drains still in
place. If so, you will be taught how to care for them.
may feel tired or weak for many months. The amount of time it takes to heal is different
for each person.
may have constipation from using pain medicine, not moving around, or not eating or
drinking very much. Talk with your healthcare provider about how to keep your bowels
your entire pancreas was removed, you no longer make insulin. This leads to diabetes.
You’ll need to learn how to test your blood sugar and to give yourself insulin shots.
The diabetes specialist will help you learn to manage diabetes. He or she will teach
you about the diet you should follow, how to test your blood sugar, and how to keep your
blood sugar levels within a normal range.
your surgeon removed your pancreas, or it can no longer make enzymes, you may need to
take digestive enzyme pills when you eat. These help you digest food.
You’ll also need follow-up care after surgery. Make an appointment with your surgeon
and get any other information for home care and follow-up when you leave the hospital.
Be sure you know what to do and understand all the instructions you're given.
Your healthcare provider will also talk with you about when to call.
You may be told to call if you have any of the below:
- New pain or pain that get worse
- Signs of an infection, such as a fever or chills
- Wound problems
- Trouble controlling your blood sugar
Ask your healthcare provider what signs to watch for and when to
call. Know how to get help after office hours and on weekends and holidays.