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Excision of all or part of the pancreas together with the duodenum and usually the distal stomach.
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A surgical treatment for cancer of the head of the pancreas in which the pancreatic head is surgically removed, along with adjacent organs (the last portion of the bile duct and the stomach and the duodenum).
Synonym: Whipple procedure.
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Removal of all or part of the pancreas along with the duodenum. Also known as "Whipple's procedure" or "Whipple's operation."
Mentioned in: Pancreatectomy
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Within two weeks of diagnosis, Hollister was in an operating room for a pancreaticoduodenectomy, commonly known as Whipple surgery. The complex procedure involved removing the head of his pancreas and first part of his small intestine (duodenum), along with his gallbladder, bile duct and part of his stomach.
'Without the fantastic results of my Whipple surgery, there was a very good chance I would never be planning another trip,' Hollister said.
Summary: Oncology surgeon conducts Whipple surgery, a first in the UAE
Kessel, "Hemorrhagic complications after whipple surgery: Imaging and radiologic intervention," American Journal of Roentgenology, vol.
Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas' head, said Ramos, and part of the small intestine, a portion of the bile duct, gallbladder and stomach.
Lower extremity WLCS which developed in the supine position has been reported in 8 cases in literature in maxillofacial reconstruction [5-7], mastectomy, breast reconstruction [3, 8, 9], Whipple surgery [10], and upper extremity vascular reconstruction [11] and in only 2 cases bilateral involvement was seen.
They reported 162 patients undergoing Whipple surgery between 1993 and 2004, among them 21 patient (12.9%) had benign findings.
The Whipple surgery is performed in patients with adenocarcinoma in the head of the pancreas.
Some cytologists from China, Japan, and elsewhere--who specialize in the study of pancreatic cells--find themselves less convinced that Whipple surgery should always be performed on patients whose slow-growing tumors might never catch up with them in their life spans.
I had the Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer on December 22, 2000, and went back to work on July 9, 2001.