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What is the medical term for the whipple procedure?

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Dr. Umut Sarpel
Surgery 21 years experience
Whipple: The medical term for a whipple is a pancreaticoduodenectomy. In this operation, the head of the pancreas, the duodenum, and the bile duct are all removed, and the areas are reconnected. A whipple is usually done for a tumor involving the head of the pancreas, the bile duct, or the duodenum.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Lots of big words: Pancreaticoduodenectomy with reconstruction. Options for reconstruction include pancreaticogastostomy, pancreaticojejunosotomy, roux-en-y gastojejunosotmy, loop gastrojejunostomy, duodenojejunostomy, and choledochojejunostomy. Reconstruction depends on surgeon choice, patient anatomy, tumor location and other factors.
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 44 years experience
Pancreatico-duodenec: Pancreatico-duodenectomy.

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