Pancreatic Surgery

Pancreatic surgery is sometimes prescribed to treat pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Surgeons at Sacred Heart Medical Center use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to treat diseases of the pancreas and get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible.

The surgical staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center are very skilled at both open and laparoscopic operations. They perform hundreds of successful surgeries every year with excellent outcomes. Typical among them are the Whipple Procedure and Distal Pancreatectomy.

The Whipple Procedure

Named after American surgeon Dr. Allen Whipple, this procedure removes the duodenum, the gallbladder, the common bile duct and the head of the pancreas. This surgery is done both open and laparoscopically and is commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer. 

Some of the infrequent risks associated with this surgery are bile leakage, pancreatic leakage, and stool complications.

Distal Pancreatectomy

A bottom portion of your pancreas is removed in this procedure, and it’s usually done to remove a tumor in the area. The remaining part of the pancreas is then sealed. The operation can be done laparoscopically. It is also done to treat chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic pseudocysts.

Bleeding and infection are some of the minor complications related to this type of procedure.

Dr. Teh on Whipple Procedure

Dr. Swee Teh explains the complexity of the Whipple procedure and how it's done with a minimally invasive approach.