Post Whipple: how long before your stomach "woke up"?
Had Whipple (pylorus-preserving) with IORT on 11/10. They replaced my SMV with a bovine vein, so a few additional steps added to the standard Whipple. My stomach isn't tolerating any food, apparently I have delayed gastric emptying. Plus at one point i had an infection, the source of which was not determined. Tomorrow they are sending me "home" (nearby hotel for the time being) with TPN being provided by an outside company.
My question is, for those who had the Whipple, how long did it take for your stomach to start functioning? And how did you know?