During the laparoscopic Whipple operation, the head
of the pancreas is removed, along with part of the bile duct, the duodenum and
the gallbladder. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method
that utilizes a laparoscope (a small video camera) and small instruments
inserted through small incisions.
Treated with the Laparoscopic Whipple Operation:
The laparoscopic Whipple operation may be performed
in cases of islet cell tumors, cyst tumors, chronic pancreatitis and cancer of
the common bile duct.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to
the laparoscopic Whipple operation. An open Whipple operation may be performed
as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
with the Laparoscopic Whipple Operation:
The laparoscopic Whipple operation is performed
under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely
unaware during the procedure.
Complications from the Laparoscopic Whipple Operation:
Possible risks following the laparoscopic Whipple
operation include infection, bleeding, bile leak and a negative reaction to the
anesthesia. It is also possible to experience temporary paralysis of the
after the Laparoscopic Whipple Operation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
the laparoscopic Whipple operation is good. However, the risk of death is
higher with the Whipple operation when compared to other laparoscopic