Whipple Procedure : The Procedure

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Whipple Procedure

Whipple procedure is a surgery to remove the head of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland located behind your stomach. It helps digest food and produces hormones that regulate blood sugar. The head of the pancreas is the part that is next to the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum). The remaining part of the pancreas is then connected to the small intestine. A Whipple procedure may be necessary due to a pancreas infection (chronic pancreatitis) or pancreatic cancer.
The following body parts may also be removed during a Whipple procedure, depending on your condition:
• The duodenum. This is the part of the small intestine that is connected to the stomach.
• The gallbladder. This an organ that helps digest fats.
• Part of the stomach.

LET YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER KNOW ABOUT:
• Any allergies you have.
• All medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbs, eye drops, creams, and over-the-counter medicines.
• Previous problems you or members of your family have had with the use of anesthetics.
• Any blood disorders you have.
• Previous surgeries you have had.
• Any medical conditions you have, such as diabetes.
• Whether you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Generally, this is a safe procedure. However, problems may occur, including:
• Infection.
• Bleeding and blood clots.
• Allergic reactions to medicines.
• Damage to other structures or organs.
• Fluid leaking from the newly formed…

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