Pancreatic Cancer Surgery
Surgeons have performed hundreds of pancreatic surgeries at our medical center, including Whipple procedure and distal pancreatectomy, with excellent outcomes. They are skilled at both open and laparoscopic operations.
Minimally invasive procedures are used whenever possible to treat diseases of the pancreas and get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible.
The Whipple Procedure (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)
This procedure removes cancer in the head of the pancreas or bile ducts, with reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Surgeons at Sacred Heart were among the first to perform Whipple surgery using minimally invasive laparoscopic methods. More than 20 Whipple and pancreas resection procedures are performed each year.
To remove a tumor in the area, or treat chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic pseudocysts, a bottom portion of the pancreas is removed and the remaining part of the pancreas is sealed. The operation can be done laparoscopically.
Surgeons collaborate with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Oregon Imaging Centers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for all types of cancer.