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Can you explain a whipple procedure?

Can you explain a whipple procedure?

Pancreas removal: Surgery to remove head of pancreas along with associated small intestine, usually for a mass in pancreas blocking the bile duct. The bile duct and remaining pancreas are re-attached to small intestine or stomach. The small intestine ends before and after the removal are then either reconnected or otherwise reconstructed. Any variations possible. ...Read more

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What is life like after whipple procedure ?

What is life like after whipple procedure ?

Can be difficult: Not for everyone, but the whipple procedure has a 40% morbidity rate. That means 40% of people have a major complication such as pneumonia, abscess, wound infections and most notably delayed gastric emptying. However, unfortunately if you aor someone you know is in need of a whipple the alternative is not attractive either. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for the whipple procedure?

What is the medical term for the whipple procedure?

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. ...Read more

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

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

For pancreas cancer: Whipples are majorly done for cancer of the head of the pancreas. It offers the only curative option for this. It removes the pancreatic head, duodenum and frequently part of the stomach too. ...Read more

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Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

Pancreas cancer surg: This procedure is most often used to treat cancer in the "head" of the pancreas. It involves removing about half of the pancreas then reattaching the liver (bile ducts) and remaining pancreas to the intestines. There are multiple ways to actually do the surgery in terms of how the various organs are re-attached. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to exercise 3-4 times a week 3 months after having a whipple procedure?

Is it safe to exercise 3-4 times a week 3 months after having a whipple procedure?

Yes: Your incisions should be completely healed by now and you should be able to return to your exercise routine. Listen to your body and go slow at first. As always, you should consult your physician first though. ...Read more

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What is the "whipple procedure"?

What is the "whipple procedure"?

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. ...Read more

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Is the whipple procedure dangerous?

Is the whipple procedure dangerous?

Any: Operation has risks, but also benefits. This operation is a radical pancreatico-duodenectomy, done usually for malignant tumors of the head of pancreas, distal bile duct, or duodenum. It is a big operation, but in experienced hands can be performed with minimal morbidity and mortality. The underlying condition for which it is being performed, on the other hand, is usually fatal if not resected. ...Read more

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What happens during a whipple procedure?

What happens during a whipple procedure?

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. ...Read more

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