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What is a whipple procedure and is it related to pancreaticoduodenectomy?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Same thing: A whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) removes the head of the pancreas, the lower bile duct, gallbladder, and usually part of the stomach (and associated lymph nodes). The GI tract is the reconstructed in a variety of ways.
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Same: Whipple procedure, other wise known as pancreatic- duodenectomy was devised to address tumors or disease involving the head of the pancreas and the surrounding structures such as the duodenal ampulla or distal common bile duct. First described in the 1940's as a two stage procedure by a.S. Whipple of columbia p&s. Classically, the distal portion of the stomach was removed as well but may be left.

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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.

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