Whipple Procedure (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)
The Whipple procedure, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, involves removing the gallbladder, head of the pancreas, part of the duodenum (part of the small intestine), part of the stomach and the common bile duct. Once those organs are removed, the pancreatic duct, bile duct and stomach are connected to the jejunum (another part of the small intestine) in order for pancreatic juices, bile and food to be drained into the small bowel. This procedure can be performed for a variety of reasons, most commonly cancer of the pancreas, common bile duct or duodenum.
This information is from the UC Irvine Healthcare website.
Please pray for my mother who is having this procedure done tomorrow morning at UC Irvine, and for Dr. Imagawa, her surgeon, and the team. Thank you!