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Gastric Bypass
A gastric bypass may be needed if the tumor is blocking the flow of food from the stomach. In this surgery, the stomach may be sewn directly to the small intestine so that the patient can continue to eat normally.

Recovering From Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Patients may feel weak or tired after surgery for pancreatic cancer, and the recovery time varies for each patient. The side effects of surgery will depend on the extent of the pancreatic cancer, the person's general health, and other factors. Most patients experience pain for the first few days after surgery, which may be controlled with medicine. Patients should discuss pain relief with the doctor or nurse before surgery.
(Click Pain With Pancreatic Cancer for more information about managing pain associated with surgery to remove the cancer.)
Partial or total pancreas removal may make it hard for a patient to digest foods. After surgery, some patients are fed liquids intravenously and through feeding tubes that are placed into the abdomen. Patients will gradually return to eating normally, and the feeding tubes will be removed.
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