A pancreatectomy is a surgery to remove part or all the pancreas to treat several medical conditions and diseases. The Whipple procedure (also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy) is a specific pancreatic surgery that removes a tumor in the head of the pancreas, the duodenum (part of the small intestine), the gallbladder, and parts of the bile duct. In some cases, areas of the stomach and some lymph nodes around the cancerous area may also need to be removed. After the cancerous areas of the digestive system are eliminated, the remaining parts of the pancreas and other organs can be connected to the small intestine, which will restore the patient's normal digestive flow. While a pancreatectomy using the Whipple procedure is considered a technically difficult surgery, the skill and experience of the surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery along with advanced medical technology can perform a pancreaticoduoenectomy that improves the patient's quality of life.
"Dr. Albert Amini is a total rockstar. He's the most impressive surgeon I've ever interacted with, hands down. Not only does he have a tremendous surgical record, he listens attentively and has the rare gift of being able to condense complex information into explanations that even we laypeople can digest.He was carefully deliberate and considerate even for my simple, routine surgery (appendectomy), so I cannot recommend him highly enough, if you or a loved one is ever in a complicated scenario requiring a thoughtful doctor who will be attentive and willing to take time to really *hear* you and establish a plan of action WITH you. The peace of mind he will give you will be well worth the trip to Arizona!"- T.B. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2018
"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
"This review is for Dr. Bianca Vazquez. I would give a million stars if that were an option! She is the endocrinology specialist and I just had my follow-up with her after she removed my thryroid 16 days ago. First of all, she is an incredibly talented and skilled surgeon. My steri-strips were removed today and my scarring is so minimal it's almost shocking that the procedure was done 16 days ago! My favorite thing about her is her bedside manner. She was so good about taking plenty of time to explain EVERYTHING including different options for treatment, post care, follow up and even diet advice! She's the epitome of the "new school" of doctors which emphasizes the importance of patients' input and participation in their own care. It's like you make the decisions together. The Scottsdale office is beautiful and Dr. Vazquez and the staff provide a warm and welcoming environment. I just love how personable she is and I feel like I not only found an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled surgeon but that I have made a new friend. Look no further if you need endocrinology surgery! She's the BEST!!!"- Z.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2017
"I was referred to Dr Vazquez by my Endocrinologist because of the fast growing nodules on my thyroid. Knowing she worked at Mayo Clinic, I had a really good feeling going in. We first met her at the consultation & were immediately impressed with the thorough information she gave us. She made sure we did not have any further questions regarding surgery before letting us go. It was really nice to have an option as to where the surgery would take place. She came to see me in pre-op right before surgery to let my family know how long to expect the surgery to be & ensure we had no further questions. My scar from surgery is barely visible. So much so, that when I went for post-surgery, her nurse had to do a double take. Not only a terrific surgeon, this lady has drive & thrives to be above & beyond any expectations of her patients. We definitely need more doctors like Dr Vazquez!!! Terrific lady!!!"- N.W. / Google / Dec 04, 2017
"I met Dr. Amini when I was told I had to have my appendix removed that same night in the ER when I went in for abdominal pain. His bed side manner, patience and explaining the whole surgery and answering all questions my mom and I had was beyond excellent. My surgery went very well with no complications. He is extremely thorough. After seeing him in his office after surgery my opinion of him still stands. He's an amazing surgeon, very kind, assuring, compassionate and his patient care is outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need! Thank you Dr. Amini for taking such great care of me!"- A.M. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
Common Reason for Surgery
Pancreatic cancer can be treated many ways depending on the severity and location of the cancer in the pancreas. The Whipple procedure is designed to remove cancer from the head of the pancreas, which is where an estimated 75% of pancreatic cancers form.
The conventional Whipple procedure removes the head of the pancreas as well as the duodenum, and portions of the stomach, bile duct, and gallbladder. The pylorus-sparing Whipple procedure is similar to the conventional Whipple procedure, except it does not remove any part of the stomach. Once the cancerous areas are removed, the surgeon then attaches the bile duct, stomach, and remaining pancreas to the small intestine that allows the patient to digest food normally after their recovery.
What to Expect
A pancreatectomy using the Whipple procedure is typically a 2 – 6 hour inpatient surgery. After spending a few nights in the hospital after surgery for monitoring and care, patients usually take 6 – 8 weeks to complete their recovery once they are home. Patients should follow up with their doctor in 3 months to assess their progress and determine if further treatment is needed.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6 - 8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Find a Specialist
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, please schedule a consultation at Arizona Premier Surgery to learn more about your options, including a pancreatectomy Whipple procedure. It may be possible to remove your cancer while maintaining a normal digestive flow and function.