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What happens during a whipple procedure? Why is it done?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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Dr. Umut Sarpel
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Resect and reconnect
The head of the pancreas, the duodenum, and the bile duct are all tightly connected structures, so that if one of those organs needs to be resected - they all come together. Once the site of disease has been removed, those three organs are reconnected again.
It is important to find a surgeon with experience in the field since studies show that case volume is a key factor to patient safety.

In brief: Resect and reconnect
The head of the pancreas, the duodenum, and the bile duct are all tightly connected structures, so that if one of those organs needs to be resected - they all come together. Once the site of disease has been removed, those three organs are reconnected again.
It is important to find a surgeon with experience in the field since studies show that case volume is a key factor to patient safety.
Dr. Umut Sarpel
Dr. Umut Sarpel
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pancreas removal
A whipple procedure is where the proximal portion or head of the pancreas along with the majority of the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) and the last segment of the common bile duct are removed.
The intestines are then reconstructed and the end of the pancreas as well as the bile duct are reconnected to the GI system. This surgery is done for a mass or a cancer in this area.

In brief: Pancreas removal
A whipple procedure is where the proximal portion or head of the pancreas along with the majority of the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) and the last segment of the common bile duct are removed.
The intestines are then reconstructed and the end of the pancreas as well as the bile duct are reconnected to the GI system. This surgery is done for a mass or a cancer in this area.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pancreatic surgery
Whipple procedure is to make secretions from the pancreas drain into the digestive tract by surgery.
When there is disease in the pancreas ( tumors benign or malignant, strictures, stones etc. )or nearby structures that blocks the pancreatic ducts this fluid full of secretions like Insulin and glucagon and pancreatic enzymes to digest fat cannot come out should come out.

In brief: Pancreatic surgery
Whipple procedure is to make secretions from the pancreas drain into the digestive tract by surgery.
When there is disease in the pancreas ( tumors benign or malignant, strictures, stones etc. )or nearby structures that blocks the pancreatic ducts this fluid full of secretions like Insulin and glucagon and pancreatic enzymes to digest fat cannot come out should come out.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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In brief: Pancreatico-duodenec
The head of the pancreas and the adjoining duodenum and bile ducts are removed.
The distal stomach is also removed in the classic whipple procedure(named for a.S.Whipple, surgeon at columbia in the 1940's). The cut ends of organs are then reconstructed. It is most often done for cancers in the head of the pancreas or periampullary region.

In brief: Pancreatico-duodenec
The head of the pancreas and the adjoining duodenum and bile ducts are removed.
The distal stomach is also removed in the classic whipple procedure(named for a.S.Whipple, surgeon at columbia in the 1940's). The cut ends of organs are then reconstructed. It is most often done for cancers in the head of the pancreas or periampullary region.
Dr. Benjamin Kim
Dr. Benjamin Kim
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