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what is the "whipple procedure"?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
Pancreaticoduodenect: Pancreaticoduodenectomy. It's a procedure that removes the head of the pancreas, the duodenum and part of the bile duct. It's performed for problems with the pancreas, bile duct, the duodenum, or rarely for severe trauma to those organs. Most commonly it's done for pancreas masses, cysts, or cancer. It requires 3 re-connections of the bile duct, the pancreatic duct, and the stomach and intestine.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Pancreas resection: The whipple procedure is an operation where the head of the pancreas is removed. In doing this the duodenum, gallbladder, distal bile duct and sometimes part of the stomach is removed. All theses structures are closely linked to the head of the pancreas. The gut then has to be reconstructed. The small intestine is attached to the stomach, remaining pancreas and bile duct.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
A Surgical Procedure: A whipple procedure is the named surgical procedure in which the duodenum, the head of the pancreas, and the gallbladder are removed. Then the continuity of the gastrointestinal tract is made by sewing the intestine to the stomach, the body of the pancreas and the common bile duct. This procedure is most often performed for pancreatic or duodneal cancers.
Dr. Gerard Aranha
Surgical Oncology 52 years experience
The cadillac of surg: It removes the gallbladder, part of the bile duct , the head of the pancreas and in some cases part of the stomach and all of the duodenum.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: This procedure is most commonly done in an attempt to cure pancreatic cancer.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is life like after whipple procedure ?

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Dr. Christopher Oxner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Eventually normal: Recovery is slow and can be even slower with complications. Patients who are not diabetic and have normal pancreatic functions maintain normal function postoperatively most of the time. Patients will initially have poor appeptite and lose weight but eventually return to eating a normal diet. Recovery can also be delayed if patients require chemo &/or radiation.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Well put. However, whipple is frequently performed for malignancy, and recurrence is more common than not. So the above applies in general in the absence of tumor recurrence
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens during a whipple procedure?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Major surgery: Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas, small intestine & bile duct with several new surgical connections performed. Best performed by a well experienced general surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Risks of bleeding, infection, poor healing, pancreas leak, diabetes, etc.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you explain a whipple procedure?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Major surgery: Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas, small intestine & bile duct with several new surgical connections performed. Best performed by a well experienced general surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Risks of bleeding, infection, poor healing, pancreas leak, diabetes, etc.
A 61-year-old female asked:

Is the whipple procedure dangerous?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Major operation: The whipple procedure is removal of the head of the pancreas and most of the duodenum (first portion of the small intestine), done for a tumor or other type of serious problem. Since these structures are connected to the stomach and the liver and the rest of the pancreas, new connections are created. Today, outcomes are quite good....And better than allowing tumors to grow. But risks are real.

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