A Whipple procedure is a surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas.
Before the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer, you will have a laparoscopy.
This procedure allows the surgeon to look inside your abdomen to see if the cancer has spread in a way that was not seen on a CT or endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
If the Whipple procedure cannot be done, you will be able to go home after the laparoscopy.
The Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer is complex because it involves removing and reconstructing portions of the pancreas, stomach, small intestine and bile duct.
As with all surgeries, the Whipple procedure has risks. Your surgeon will talk with you about the specific risks, some of which are listed below.
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