Laparoscopic Whipple procedure

Dilendra H Weerasinghe, MD, Bestoun Ahmed, MD, Ziad Awad, MD, FACS, FRCSI. University of Florida-Department of Surgery.

  Laparoscopic pancreatectomy is a technically difficult operation to perform. However with advancing laparoscopic training and experience this will be the standard of care for treating tumors of the head of the pancreas in the near future. Recent meta-analysis confirms that laparoscopic whipple is a safe and durable operation with complication rates similar to open operation. In our hands not only has this been a safe operation but there has been signficant higher lymphnode yield using this technique, which helps with the prognossis of the patients. We demonstrate the technique used at the University of Florida College medicine in Jacksonville.

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