The Procedure Of Whipple Procedure Essay

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Whipple Procedure

Whipple procedure is a surgery to remove the head of the pancreas, the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum), and the organ that stores fluid (bile) made in the liver (gallbladder). Part of the stomach may also be removed during this procedure. The pancreas is a large gland located behind the stomach. It helps digest food and it produces hormones that regulate blood sugar. The head of the pancreas is the part that is connected to the duodenum. A Whipple procedure may be necessary due to a pancreas infection (chronic pancreatitis) or pancreatic cancer.

LET YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER KNOW ABOUT:
• Any allergies you have.
• All medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbs, eye drops, creams, and over-the-counter medicines.
• Previous problems you or members of your family have had with the use of anesthetics.
• Any blood disorders you have.
• Previous surgeries you have had.
• Any medical conditions you have, such as diabetes.
• Whether you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Generally, this is a safe procedure. However, problems may occur, including:
• Infection.
• Bleeding and blood clots.
• Allergic reactions to medicines.
• Damage to other structures or organs.
• Fluid leaking from the newly formed connection between the pancreas and the small intestine (pancreatic leak).
• Loss of appetite. This may lead to weight loss.
• Diabetes.
• Low levels of digestive enzymes. This…

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