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A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens during a whipple procedure?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 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.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 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.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 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.
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Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 44 years experience
Resection and recons: The pancreas, bile duct, duodenum and stomach are cut out and then the cut ends put back together again.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the "whipple procedure"?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 21 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.
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