5. After surgery

After the surgery, you will be transferred to the intensive care unit, where you will spend at least one night and receive round-the-clock monitoring with the most state-of-the-art technology. Once your health status is stable, you will be transferred to an inpatient ward on the next day.

While you are in the inpatient ward, it is important that you move around as much as possible and spend time outside of bed. This is why we recommend eating your meals at the table and taking short walks down the corridor with an accompanying person. Taking these measures will stimulate your circulation and greatly promote a speedier recovery.

Individualised pain therapy is essential to your healing process. For the first two to four days, in addition to pain relief medications you will also receive analgesics administered through an epidural catheter (PDA). The medications will be continuously adjusted. If you are still in pain, however, please notify your attending nurse immediately.

Surgeons

The surgeon will call your relatives directly after the surgery. A doctor from the surgical team will visit you each day during your hospital stay.

General internal medicine

In addition to the surgical team, a doctor will also be looking after you to address any medical issues during your entire hospital stay.

Nurse practitioners

During your entire hospital stay, a nurse practitioner with specialised knowledge and expertise will look afteryou. They work closely with the surgeon and communicate with all of the services involved (general internalmedicine, nurses, nutritionists, etc.) on a daily basis to ensure you receive the most comprehensive treatment possible.

Nursing

The nursing staff will put together a care regimen for you. Each day they will also help you go about planning your day. The nursing processes will then be evaluated and adjusted on an ongoing basis.

To ensure the best possible individualised planning of the nursing processes and your daily routine, it is important that you communicate your needs and concerns to your attending nurse or other caregiver.

Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist will come to visit you on the very first day after the surgery to continue with the breathing therapy. They will demonstrate exercises that have been selected specifically for you. During the acute phase, each day the physiotherapist will perform exercises with you to help you restore your state of full independence again.

Nutritional advice

During your hospital stay, you will receive one-on-one advice from our nutritionist. This will ensure you are eating a proper diet after your surgery. We will also tell you everything you need to know about your diet when you return home after pancreatic surgery.

Diabetes advice

The pancreas produces insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar (glucose). Depending on the extent of the pancreatic surgery, you may need to take insulin to help regulate blood sugar. Our diabetes specialist will advise you on this.

Social counselling

During the inpatient stay, we will discuss with you from our medical perspective whether you can be released and return home immediately. If this is not possible, your attending doctor will recommend a rehabilitation or recuperation stay. When selecting the appropriate place for this, our social counselling department will provide you with information about the range of available services. The associated registration process will be handled entirely for you by the social counselling department. 

Psychological counselling

Several days after the surgery the psychologist will visit you in your room to talk about how you are feeling and any stresses or concerns you are experiencing. The two of you will discuss any further assistive needs, which may also involve your family members. During later stages, the clinical specialists can also call on the psychologist whenever needed.

If surgery-related stresses persist, outpatient psychotherapy treatment is available on request after discharge from the hospital. The costs for this are covered by basic insurance (KVG ).