Laparoscopic Whipple?

Expert Analysis Highlights:

  • Advances in technology and instrumentation has allowed surgeons to approach tumors previously thought to be impossible to remove with laparoscopy
  • The reason why only a few patients get the superior operation is that only a few doctors in the country know how to do it
  • Ask your local doctor for a surgeon in your area who has a lot of experience with minimally-invasive pancreas surgery, and don’t be afraid to call an expert for a phone consultation

Minimally-invasive Surgery has advanced so quickly in the last 2 years, that the largest operations of the body can now be completed through minimally-invasive techniques. Advances in technology and instrumentation has allowed surgeons to approach tumors previously thought to be impossible to remove with laparoscopy.   Determining laparoscopic candidacy requires good judgment by a surgeon who has experience with both the laparoscopic and traditional large open operations.

Many operations of the pancreas can now be done with these techniques.  These options include:

Laparoscopic Whipple Procedures

Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

Laparoscopic Central Pancreas Removal

Laparoscopic Pancreas Tumor Enucleation

Consider a highly-standardized surgical problem like a 2 cm mass in the tail of the pancreas.  95% of these are removed through a large open operation, even though a minimally-invasive approach results in less pain, fewer wound infections, fewer hernias, and an earlier return to work.  So who gets the laparoscopic operation?  The motivated patient!

The reason why only a few patients get the superior operation is that only a few doctors in the country know how to do it.  Ask your local doctor for a surgeon in your area who has a lot of experience with minimally-invasive pancreas surgery, and don’t be afraid to call an expert for a phone consultation.

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3 Comments → “Laparoscopic Whipple?”

  1. Chris says:

    My surgeon told me that my tumor could not be removed laparoscopically, but then I found a surgeon who was able to do it. Very much appreciate your article on the Laparoscopic Whipple.

  2. Chris says:

    very informative

  3. Louise says:

    I was seen by a surgeon and not told about this option. thanks

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