A Whipple procedure is complex surgery to remove part of the pancreas along with the:

  • Gallbladder and common bile duct
  • Top part of the small intestine called the duodenum
  • Portion of the stomach called the pylorus—When the pylorus is not removed, the procedure is known as a pylorus-preserving Whipple procedure.
  • Surrounding lymph nodes
The Pancreas
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You may have this surgery to treat cancer of the pancreas, duodenum, or lower part of the bile duct. It may also be done to treat people with long-term inflammation of the pancreas.