pancreatitis after surgery?

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   Posted 1/19/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
has anyone else had pancreatitis after surgery?

my GI thinks i have it because the lipase in my blood is off the charts, usually meaning pancreatitis, but it can also be caused my leakage from incisions due to the surgery. i had an ultrasound this morning so i guess i'll know next week if i have it or not. until then i'm on a clearfluid diet, yay

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 2/24/2007 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I had it about a year after my surgery. Oddly, I didn't know there could have been a connection between it and my surgery. Because I was in enormous pain I was sent to a local hospital by ambulance. I thought I was having a heart attack. It was NOT the same hospital I had my surgery in. They were a bit confused because they said pancreatitis is caused by either excessive alcohol usage or gall stones. I don't drink and they couldn't find any stones. I thought , at the time, the doctors at this hospital were a bit inept. Now I'm convinced!!!

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   Posted 2/26/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there!

I'm from a different forum, but was being "nosey" and saw this post! :)  Hope no one minds!

My mother had colon cancer and had a major surgery and a temporary illeostomy.  Ever since then, she has struggled with pancreatitis about 2-3 x per year.  To add insult to injury, every single time she has to go to hospital, she's basically accused of being an alcoholic - it got to the point that the first thing she would demand upon going to emerg was an alcohol content blood test!

My mom finally found a dr. (an internist) that explained to her that, in some people, the pancreas will be extemely sensitive due to any major abdominal surgery.  She will likely be prone to pancreas problems for the rest of her life.  The main advice was to completely cut out fatty foods from her diet.  So far, so good - not problems in the past year.

Good luck!  From what I can see from my mother, pancreatitis is a pretty painful thing to have, hope you do well.


vette guy
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   Posted 2/26/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
They didn't believe me when I told them I don't drink either.

Meg S
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in a similar situtation. I had a large, gastric diverticulum removed Aug 2007...since then, every so often, I get very bad left side pains. I did have elevated lipase and amylase after surgery, and doc said it was pancreatitis, but not sure if it could continue this long after.
What are your symptoms?
Megan NF-1
husband Jerry allergy to milk, wheat, animals, molds
daughter Angela 3, Down syndrome, milk allergy, Celiac Disease
son Joshua 1, milk allergy

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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Matt,

I had pancreatitis 3xs following surgery and my drs and the anesthegists all insisted that it was not related to the surgeries; mine was after sinus, knee and abdominal.  I had every test done possible, have never smoked or drank.

I finally had exploratory surgery done and was full of adhesions and scar tissue; my stomach was in a ball adhered to my chest cavity, my liver was adhered to my ribs.  Once everything was released I haven't had pancreatitis since and I have had 3 surgeries since including my subtotal last July.  It did take a long time for my stomach to get back to "normal" and I still have nausea issues so I have to take zofran.  So I don't really know if it was surgery related or adhesion related.

I know that it was the worst pain in my entire life and each time I was hospitalized for long periods of time.  Are you in the hospital now?

I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon.


spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I'm not in the hospital original post was from 2.5yrs ago lol :)  I have not had any problems since & I'm glad you seem to be doing a lot better in this dept
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 2/2/2015 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
After pelvic prolapse surgery with a hysterectomy, I had acute pancreatitis less than 3 weeks later. It was the worse pain I have endured because it was so persistent. I am not a heavy drinker and my gall bladder was "unremarkable." I was admitted to the hospital for 2 nights on liquid and food fast with intravenous drip. Six months later, I had another episode, but much milder, however the treatment was the same. I think fat, even the good kind, triggers it now.
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