Pancreatectomy (Whipple Procedure, Pancreaticoduoenectomy) - East Valley and Scottsdale, AZ

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Overview

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.

Common Reason for Surgery

Pancreatic Cancer

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.

About Pancreatectomy

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.

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Recovery Time  
6 - 8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 - 6 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3 Months
Procedure Recovery Location  
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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.

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