Doctors at Sentara are offering a minimally invasive approach for pancreaticoduodenectomy, also known as the Whipple procedure.

Less invasive pancreas surgery now at Sentara

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Many of us never give much thought to our pancreas or what it does until there are problems. Pancreatic cancer is one of the scariest forms of cancer, as it is often hard to detect early and is difficult to treat. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, can cause a host of digestive problems and is often very painful for patients.

There are surgical options for patients with pancreas difficulties. On such option – pancreaticoduodenectomy is often called the Whipple procedure, named after the first doctor to perform the procedure.

In the Whipple procedure part of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the duodenum is removed. In some instances, a portion of the stomach may also be removed.

What was once a major open operation can - for some patients – be performed by doctors at Sentara using a minimally-invasive technique, offering benefits of smaller incisions and faster recovery.