​Pancreatic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Whipple Procedures for Pancreatic Cancer

Patients diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer are eligible for a Whipple procedure.

Whipple procedures are complex, and require surgical skill and experience. Sacred Heart is one of the few medical centers in the world where surgeons perform minimally invasive, laparoscopic techniques for Whipple procedures.

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Minimally Invasive Whipple Procedure

Some patients may be eligible for a minimally invasive laparoscopic Whipple procedure, performed through several small incisions instead of a single large incision.

Compared to the classic procedure, the laparoscopic Whipple procedure may result in: 

  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Fewer complications

Laparoscopic Pancreatic Resection Surgery

Surgeons are also using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques for pancreatic resection surgery. Pancreatic resection is performed to manage inflammatory pancreatic disorders caused by chronic pancreatitis, and tumors localized in the body and tail of the pancreas.


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Daniel Cusati, MD, discusses pancreatic surgery

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