U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old member asked:

what happens during a whipple procedure?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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.
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. 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. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Resection and recons: The pancreas, bile duct, duodenum and stomach are cut out and then the cut ends put back together again.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 34-year-old member asked:

What happens during a whipple procedure? Why is it done?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Pancreatic surgery: Whipple procedure is to make secretions from the pancreas drain into the digestive tract by surgery. When there is disease in the pancreas ( tumors benign or malignant, strictures, stones etc. )or nearby structures that blocks the pancreatic ducts this fluid full of secretions like Insulin and glucagon and pancreatic enzymes to digest fat cannot come out should come out.
A member asked:

Is the pancreaticoduodenectomy a risky thing to do?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Major surgery: "whipple procedure" is major reworking of the plumbing, generally done to treat tumors of head of pancreas, neighboring ampulla of vater (entryway of panc and bile duct into small bowel). This shold be done by a surgeon who does "a lot" of these, in a place where they do "a lot" of these- often a cancer referral center. Can be a lot of perioperative, postoperative complications, longterm problems.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: This procedure is most commonly done in an attempt to cure pancreatic cancer.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are long term whipple procedure complications?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: It depends somewhat on why the surgery was performed. If the pancreas surgery was for cancer, the long term risks are cancer recurrence. If the surgery was for pain from chronic pancreatitis, the long term risk is pain recurrence. Other risks are diabetes, fatty food intolerance, nutritional or dietary changes.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is life like after whipple procedure ?

5 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
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
Aug 9, 2012

Related questions

A 21-year-old member asked:
5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 29-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.