Date: 2001-05-02 04:26:00 UTC
Subject: insulinoma surgery--? for Dr. Williams
My ferret is barely 3 years old. He has insulinoma but is in
otherwise good health. We noticed increased flattening behavior that
prompted us to test the blood sugar. The numbers were borderline, but
upon surgery our vet found a localized tumor on the pancreas. He
removed that tumor as well as the 'tail' of the pancreas. There has
been some improvement in the blood sugar number and much imporvement
in behavior. He is not on medication. We do monitor what/how often he
My question is this: If sugar levels drop again (which I feel they
will), would it be feasible to have a second surgery done? What is
the minimum amount of time that should pass between surgeries IF a
second surgery is even recommended? Would we want to start using pred
before doing a second surgery? Or would the second surgery be done
and then pred when levels drop again.
He is doing well for now. But in the future I don't want to put him
through a second surgery if it isn't really the most benficial route.
Just thinking ahead. Thanks for any advice you might offer.