Whipple’s Pancreaticoduodenectomy

Pancreaticoduodenectomy is the procedure to remove the cancerous tumors in pancreas. This procedure is also known as Whipple’s procedure, denoted to Dr. Allan Whipple, who conducted this procedure for the first time in 1935. In a normal procedure, the surgeon will remove the top portion of the pancreas, the gallbladder and part of duodenum. Reconstruction consists of attaching the pancreas to digestive organs which allow digestive juices and bile respectively to flow into the gastrointestinal tract and attaching the stomach to the to allow food to pass through.

Symptoms of Pancreatic cancer are:

  • severe pain
  • breathing difficulty
  • weight loss
  • flu-like symtoms
  • spreadinf infections

Pancreatic cancer can be difficult to detect and diagnose. A variety of techniques can be used to establish a diagnosis. These techniques include lab tests, CT scan, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the surgery. Your surgeon removes the cancerous parts of your pancreas and small intestine. Once your surgeon has removed the cancerous sections, the intestinal tract must be reattached. Your surgeon connects your stomach to your small intestine as well as reattaches the bile duct and remaining part of your pancreas. The operation lasts between four to six hours. You will have a scar on your abdomen.

Main causes for Pancreatic cancer are:

  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Smoking
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Diabetics
  • Peptic Ulcer Surgery

You may be taken to a recovery room until you are fully awake. Health professional will watch you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your health professional says it is OK. When health professional see that you are OK, you will be taken back to your hospital room. The bandages used to cover your sutures keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. A health professional may remove the bandages soon after your procedure to check your wound. Ask your health professional for more information about ways to prevent bleeding and take care of your incision and tubes.

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