Travis Barker hits the beach after ‘severe’ pancreatitis


Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian hit the beach to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, after the drummer was released from hospital for what was the drummer’s ‘very scary and emotional’ experience with pancreatitis due to a medical intervention.

Barker, 46, and Kardashian, 43, shared photos and a video of their beach trip to Instagram Story on Monday. Footage appeared to show the Blink-182 drummer driving an orange van with the Kardashian kids, Penelope, 9, and son Reign, 7, for the ride, Entertainment Tonight reported.

The footage of the newlyweds’ joyful beach trip contrasts with photos from a week ago when the drummer was seen lying on a stretcher, with Kardashian by his side, Entertainment Tonight also reported. News broke that Barker suffered severe abdominal pain and needed to be rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where doctors said he had pancreatitis.

An initial report by TMZ indicated that Barker’s pancreatitis may have been “triggered” by a recent colonoscopy. The news raised questions among doctors, who insisted that colonoscopies – performed on millions of Americans each year to screen for colon cancer and other conditions – are “very, very safe” and do not usually cause no serious complications.

Gastroenterologists interviewed by The New York Times and other media also said it would be “extremely rare” for a colonoscopy to trigger pancreatitis, an inflammation of the organ in the abdomen, which produces enzymes that help break down food.

During a colonoscopy, doctors guide a long, flexible tube, called an endoscope, through the rectum and colon, The New York Times reported. A camera at the end of the tube allows doctors to see inside the colon and look for any abnormalities, such as tissue inflammation, ulcers, polyps or cancer.

On Saturday, Barker clarified that he underwent a different procedure, an endoscopy. In an Instagram Story, the musician said he had an endoscopy on July 27, “feeling great.” He said he had “a very small polyp removed” from a “very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube”.

“It resulted in severe, life-threatening pancreatitis,” Barker said, concluding, “I’m so thankful that with intensive treatment, I’m currently much better.”

During an endoscopy, a doctor inserts the tube down a patient’s throat and into the abdomen, according to the Mayo Clinic. The procedure can be performed to visually examine a patient’s upper digestive system. Sometimes an ultrasound machine at the end of the tube is used to examine a patient’s pancreas, using sound waves to generate images of the nearby organ and tissue.

On Saturday, Kardashian also weighed in on what she described as “a scary and emotional week,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

The reality star, who married Barker in a lavish ceremony in Italy in May, wrote on Instagram Story, “Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change.”

“I am so grateful to God for healing my husband, for all of your prayers for him and for us, for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support. I am so touched and grateful,” Kardashian added. She also thanked the “specialists, doctors and nurses at Cedars Sinai for taking such good care of my husband and me during our stay.”


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