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W

Whipple Procedure

This procedure involves removal of the head of the pancreas, part of the small intestine, the gall bladder, part of the stomach, and lymph nodes near the head of the pancreas. About 75 percent of pancreatic tumors occur in the head of the pancreas, so the Whipple procedure is the most commonly performed surgical procedure for pancreatic cancer.

Other similar procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is performed on patients with neurodendocrine pancreatic tumors and cysts. In this procedure, the body and tail of the pancreas is removed while preserving the spleen.
  • Central pancreatectomy eliminates a cancer in the body or neck of the pancreas without removing the healthy tail of the organ.
  • Total pancreatectomy surgery removes all or part of the pancreas, part of the stomach, small intestine, the common bile duct, gallbladder, spleen, and neighboring lymph nodes.