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Pancreatoduodenectomy

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Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) is a surgical operation performed to remove the head of the pancreas, the duodenum (the introductory part of the small intestine), the bile duct and the gallbladder, to treat tumors and other pancreatic, intestinal and bile duct disorders. In the open approach, an incision is made in your abdomen for accessing the internal organs. In the laparoscopic approach, small incisions are made and a laparoscope with a camera and instruments are inserted to access the organs and remove them.