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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 "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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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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What are long term whipple procedure complications?

What are long term whipple procedure complications?

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. ...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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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 can I expect from a whipple procedure?

What can I expect from a whipple procedure?

A cure (we hope): A whipple operation involves removal of a part of the pancreas and duodenum and then re-routing the stomach, bile, and pancreatic enzymes back into the intestine. All this re-wiring has risks that favor doing this operation only at "centers of excellence" with surgeons very proficient (volume matters). Even in the best of hands, convalescence may take weeks or longer w/complications. ...Read more

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How long can one survive with the whipple procedure?

How long can one survive with the whipple procedure?

That depends: Whipple procedures can be curative for some people undergoing them. I would discuss your specific prognosis with the surgeon who did or is recommending your whipple. ...Read more

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What to expect from a whipple procedure?

What to expect from 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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