Insulinoma

Posted by marilyn2525 @marilyn2525, Mar 13, 2019

Without the expertise of the physicians at Mayo, I believe my difficult situation would have finished me. Dr Kapoor diagnosed me in minutes. I suffered for two decades, in just one visit to Dr. Kapoor my life was changed forever. Thank you to the fine Internist who sent me to her, the surgeon who removed my insulinoma, the Drs who worked at trying to stop the leak and last but not least Dr. Cleary who did a second surgery to stop the leak while saving my pancreas. God Bless you all and Mayo Clinic for giving me a far better life than I was living with that tumor. Gratefully yours, Marilyn A. Blum

@marilyn2525

So glad to hear that you are doing so well, Marilyn!

Just wondering, did you have the Whipple procedure or something else?

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@marilyn2525

So glad to hear that you are doing so well, Marilyn!

Just wondering, did you have the Whipple procedure or something else?

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Big delay in answering your questions…I believe both surgeries were modified whipples. In my case the pancreas and spleen were not removed. In laymans terms, the first surgery was to remove the tumor in the head of the pancreas, the second surgery approx. 9 weeks later was to fix the pancreatic leak and if not possible remove 3/4 of the pancreas. I was blessed and my surgeon Shaun Cleary was able to suture my leak to the bottom of my stomach. Between the leak, two big surgeries, stress, and rapid weight loss I have loss a lot of hair. I'm guessing it will come back. I'm very fortunate I was accepted to Mayo. I truly feel that without that appointment, I would have died and no one would have ever know why. I live near a hospital, but we only now have two endocrinologist and I was never referred to one.

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