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. Amini did my surgery last Oct. and I have recommended him to everyone I know. He was awesome. He is very caring and goes above and beyond for his patients. He explains everything in full detail and he even draws pictures of the procedure he will be doing. He also take time to listen to all of your questions. I have never has so much confidence in a doctor before."- M. / Healthgrades / May 11, 2016
"Dr. Amini is a life saver, literally. I had been in coma for 7 days, unresponsive, and being moved to palliative care when my husband met Dr. Amini. I had severe pancreatitis and the other Drs. gave up on me. Within 2 days, Dr. Amini had me awake and took over my care from there. He explained everything that was wrong and did multiple surgeries to correct the problems. I am back to work full time and have never felt better."- M. / Healthgrades / Mar 23, 2017
"Dr. Amini is the BEST surgeon I've ever experienced. He is exceptional in his field and the most caring Doctor I've ever had take care of me. Dr. Amini was always there when I needed him both in the hospital and during my recovery over the last 6 months. Dr. Amini's staff is very skilled and caring and always available when I had questions."- K.B. / Facebook / Jan 31, 2017
"As an otherwise healthy 32 year old mother of two, I was shocked to be diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. From the day of my diagnosis, to the intensive surgery, and care following my procedure Dr. Amini has been incredible. I feel completely confident and comfortable in his care. He successful completed a complicated colon and liver surgery, removing a foot of my colon, 70% of my liver, and reconstructing a bile duct. I walked away from this 9 hour surgery without any complications. Dr. Amini is clearly a skilled surgeon, and equally important (to us) is that he has been a caring and compassionate doctor. He always takes the time to describe things in ways we understand and has helped us navigate this serious disease. Dr. Amini has been an instrumental part of my treatment and life. I will be forever be grateful for his care."- B.F. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2015
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.