WhatsApp Consult Now
Home About us Medical Services Treatment Packages Patient Stories Knowledge Center Contact Us

Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

Definition

The classic Whipple procedure is named after Allen Whipple, MD, a Columbia University surgeon who was the first American to perform the operation in 1935.

Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic CancerThe goal of the Whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy) is to remove the head of the pancreas, where most tumors occur. Because the pancreas is so integrated with other organs, the surgeon must also remove the first part of small intestine (duodenum), the gallbladder, the end of the common bile duct and sometimes a portion of the stomach. In the reconstruction phase of the operation, the intestine, bile duct and remaining portion of the pancreas are reconnected.

The Whipple procedure is the most common operation to remove pancreatic cancers. The Whipple procedure may also be used to treat some benign pancreatic lesions and cysts and cancers in the bile duct and beginning part of the small intestine (duodenum).

Pancreas

Pancreas is a spongy, leaf-shaped gland that is about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. It lies in the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach and above the small intestine. The major function of the pancreas is to secrete hormones and enzymes. These hormones are insulin and glucagon, which help to keep the blood sugar levels normal. Enzymes help break down food. Pancreatic enzymes help the body digest fat.

Indications for a Whipple Procedure

A Whipple Operation is Performed For :

  • cancer of the head of the pancreaas
  • cancer of the duodenum.
  • cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the the bottom end of the bile).
  • cancer of the ampulla – an area where the bile and pancreatic duct enter into the duodenum.
  • whipple operation may also sometimes be performed for patients with benign (non-cancerous) disorders such as chronic pancreatitis and benign tumors of the head of the pancreas.

Only about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for the Whipple procedure and other surgeries. These are usually patients whose tumors are confined to the head of the pancreas and haven’t spread into any nearby major blood vessels, the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. Intensive testing is usually necessary to identify possible candidates for the Whipple procedure. The surgery takes on average six hours to complete. Most patients stay in the hospital for one to two weeks following the Whipple procedure.

Effect of Whipple Operation on Diabetes

During the Whipple operation part of the pancreas, the head of the pancreas is removed. Pancreatic tissue produces insulin that is required for blood sugar control. When pancreatic tissue is removed the remaining parts of the pancreas may not produce enough insulin and the risk of developing diabetes is present.

Follow up Care Required as It is a Highly Specialized Procedure

Whipple operation on diabetes

The Whipple procedure is a difficult and demanding operation for both the person undergoing surgery and the surgeon. The surgery usually lasts between 5-8 hours. The patient needs to stay in the hospital for at least seven days.

The patient might have a decreased appetite after the operation. The body will not be able to digest fats as effectively, so one needs to take medication every time he eats. Another common problem patients experience after surgery is fatigue, which usually lasts for few weeks.

Whipple surgery is a complex surgery that requires great expertise on the part of the surgeon and hence is categorized as a highly specialized procedure.

Types of Pancreatic Cancer

There are two types of pancreatic cancer, that of the exocrine gland and that of the endocrine gland. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine (enzyme-producing) cells of the pancreas.

  • Exocrine Tumors: Most tumors affecting the exocrine gland are called adenocarcinomas. This type of cancer forms in the pancreas ducts. Treatment for these tumors is based on stage of growth.
  • Endocrine Tumors : These tumors are less common and are most often benign. Though rare, cancer stemming from a pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) affects the hormone-producing cells. These tumors are also called islet cell tumors or neurendocrine tumors.

Categorization of Wipple Procedures

Standard Whipple Procedure

Standard Whipple Procedure

In a standard Whipple procedure, the surgeon removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, part of the duodenum which is the uppermost portion of the small intestine, a small portion of the stomach called the pylorus, and the lymph nodes near the head of the pancreas. The surgeon then reconnects the remaining pancreas and digestive organs so that pancreatic digestive enzymes, bile, and stomach contents will flow into the small intestine during digestion.

Pylorus Preserving Whipple Procedure

Pylorus Preserving Whipple Procedure

In another type of Whipple procedure known as pylorus preserving Whipple, the bottom portion of the stomach, or pylorus, is not removed. Taking out the head of the pancreas is called pylorus preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PPPD).

Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure

A laparoscopic Whipple procedure may be offered to select individuals.

The laparoscopic Whipple procedure is performed through six small incisions in the abdominal wall. A laparoscope, a long thin tube with a lighted camera at its tip, is inserted through one incision. The surgeon operates using specially designed surgical instruments placed through the remaining incisions, guided by the laparoscope images shown on a monitor in the operating room.

Laparoscopic Whipple surgery usually takes four to five hours. Most people leave the hospital in four to six days, compared with eight to 10 days for those who have conventional surgery.

Get Free Expert Opinion Online from India's Most Experienced Whipple surgery for Pancreatic Cancer Specialists Right Now

Dr. Harit Chaturvedi

Dr. Harit Chaturvedi

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Vinod Raina

Dr. Vinod Raina

Medical Oncology

Dr Aruna Chandrasekaran

Dr Aruna Chandrasekaran

Surgical Oncology

Dr Anil Heroor

Dr Anil Heroor

Surgical Oncology

We Assure Most Affordable Estimates with in 48 Hours from Top Whipple surgery for Pancreatic Cancer Hospitals in India.

Apollo Hospital
Apollo
Enquire Now
Fortis Hospital
Fortis
Enquire Now
Artemis
Enquire Now
Manipal Hospital

Manipal

Enquire Now
Medanta Hospital
Medanta
Enquire Now
Asian Heart Hospital
Asian Heart
Enquire Now
Narayana Health Hospital
Narayana
Enquire Now

We help you get FREE Expert Opinion from Top Doctors at Best Hospitals in All Major Cities in India.

Delhi in India
New Delhi
Mumbai
Mumbai
Bangalore in India
Bangalore
Hyderabad in India
Hyderabad
Pune in India
Pune
Mohali in India
Mohali

How it Works - Get Most Affordable Treatment in India

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have decided that you want to get treatment in India you can email us your latest medical reports and accompanying X-Rays, MRI Scans and other relevant medical documents at [email protected] or Call or WhatsApp us on +91-9899993637 for one to one discussion with our executives.

Once we receive your reports, we will get them reviewed by our medical experts and will send you a detailed treatment package consisting of doctor’s diagnosis, treatment plan, cost of treatment, duration of stay in hospital and duration of stay in India besides other relevant details.

Once you have confirmed to us that you want to proceed further to get treatment in India, our team will help you with the Indian medical visa assistance and documentation process. We will also help you in arranging for a comfortable local stay for you and your attendant. You don’t have to send any money in advance.

Savings can be from 30-50%, depending upon the procedure and the destination. Your treatment will be carried out from only the best hospitals in India that are NABH accredited and have specialists that are recognized globally for their expertise.

From the date you decide on one of the three affordable treatment packages offered to you. It may take 1- 3 weeks to obtain Medical Visa and book flight tickets. We have zero waiting period and you can be received at the Airport on arrival and immediately admitted at hospital and treatment will start.

Its advisable that you should delay your treatment particularly in case of severe illnesses like Cancer, Heart or Spine etc. Early start of treatment results in quick recovery and lower expense compared to delay of treatment.

The difference in cost package due to the labour and insurance costs of the hospital operating in India, and not by the difference in the quality of treatment.

Each patient is assigned to a SafeMedTrip Patient Case Manager who will take care of every single detail ranging from arrival to send off.

Yes, of course. We will provide you with complete assistance in selecting high-quality hotels near the hospital location that fits your budget.

You will be given a complete profile of the specialist before you proceed for the treatment. On special request, we will be happy to connect you with him through a teleconferencing service facilitated by Skype.

Tushanbe Justus from Rwanda came to India for Successful

bc_review

“Much before we arrived in India, we were amazed by prompt and efficient answers given by SafeMedTrip in response to all our questions. We arrived early on Thursday and I was admitted for tests. By Saturday afternoon I was through with the surgery. And the following Friday I was out of the hospital feeling fine and happy, relieved from all the stress.

Cant believe it took just about a week from arrival till recovery. Thank you all and also my surgeon, nurses who cared for me so compassionately even when I was alone in ICU for 2 days and the security guards, everyone. There is not enough space on this page for me to adequately say how much we appreciate all that you have done for us”

peopleiconRefer a Patient

Watch this Video

Benefit from our expertise of helping hundreds of foreign patients find top quality, affordable medical care in India.

Get the SafeMedTrip Advantage

advantageGet Expert Medical Opinion/ Second Opinion– Send us the Medical reports by Email or WhatsApp and we will get you Expert Advice and Treatment Cost Estimates from Top Specialist at Three of India’s leading hospitals within 48 hours.

advantageFree Concierge Services – Once you decide to come to India, We will arrange Priority Scheduling of Hospital Appointments, Travel & Visa Assistance, Airport Pick up, Economical Hotel Stay, Complete Local Support 24X7.

advantageNo Obligation – Zero Cost Assistance. We do not collect any service fee from patients. You will directly pay the hospitals after you arrive in India. We ensure Quick, Hassle Free, Affordable Treatment at World Class hospitals in India.

Get Expert Opinion from India’s Best Doctors.

form_img

Please fill in this form and we will contact you soon.

Note: If you are unable to submit this form, please Email or WhatsApp the medical reports to us. We will arrange a No Obligation opinion and Treatment Cost estimate from India's Best Hospitals for you

Email- [email protected]

WhatsApp / Viber: +91-9899993637