Overview: The Best Surgeon for Whipple Procedure
The Whipple procedure is a type of HPB Surgery & Oncology treatment that is recommended for advanced pancreatic cancer that has spread to the small intestines, gallbladder, and bile ducts. This procedure is also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy. It involves removing the head of the pancreas, the duodenum, the distal bile duct, and the gallbladder. This procedure is performed when the tumor is located in the head of the pancreas. In the late stages of pancreatic cancer, the gallbladder, bile duct, and the first part of the small intestines become affected by the disease as well.
The Whipple procedure is done to prevent the further spread of cancer by removing all of the diseased tissue. The specialized Whipple surgeon removes the gallbladder, bile duct, and the head of the small intestines (duodenum) and then reconnects the remaining organs. One of the best surgeons for Whipple procedure surgery, like Dr. Tierney, perform this procedure through both open and robotic approaches.
The steps followed before surgery are:
- An office visit for surgical consultation where a comprehensive history and physical exam is performed.
- Completion of clinical tests for workup and staging.
Multidisciplinary tumor board review for an expert recommendation regarding treatment strategy.
The type of surgical procedure done determines the kind of
required. Post care after a surgical operation involves:
A brief admission to the ICU is sometimes required for complex procedures such as a whipple procedure. Recovery then continues in the hospital ward for another three to five days. Procedures performed robotically typically have a faster recovery and can expect discharge from the hospital one or two days earlier than after open procedures.
The goals of postoperative care include: monitoring for and intervening on any complications that can occur, awaiting the resumption of normal bowel function, maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition, physical and occupational rehabilitation, and providing adequate pain control. Once these measures are met, the patient will be discharged from the hospital. Post-operative follow-up will be scheduled one week from discharge with Dr. Tierney.