Message Number: YG4021 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-26 22:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Icabod's Insulinoma Surgery

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Stephanie" <steph@t...> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I finally talked with the receptionist at the vet to find out how
Icabod did
> and what happened. She didn't give me a whole lot of info, but did
tell me
> that he recovered from surgery OK. The other things she told me
were that
> they did not remove the adrenal on the right side because the
> would come back before that was a problem. Since my vet was already
> another patient I didn't get to talk to her, but will tomorrow. I'm
> disappointed. It sounds like the surgery wasn't very successful. I
get to
> pick him up tomorrow and will find out everything then.

Dear Stephanie -

I'm not sure what the experience of your vet it, but only about 40$
of insulinomas return within 10 months, and if a partial
pancreatectomy is performed, the average disease-free interval is
over a year. I am always hesitant to leave an obviously affected
adrenal in for any reason, esecially when insulinoma surgery may well
be curative.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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