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PancreatectomyPancreatic surgeries are needed for pseudocysts, chronic pancreatitis, tumours, periampullary cancers etc. When a patient is diagnosed with either a cancer of the pancreas or the conditions mentioned above a procedure is required to be performed which is known as a pancreatectomy. It is also known as 'Whipple's procedure' and is traditionally performed through open surgery. At CODS we use the laparoscopic technique to perform most of the pancreatic surgeries including pancreatectomies and we are one of the few surgical teams in India and the world to successfully perform a laparoscopic Whipple's procedure.

Know the symptoms

If you experience more than one of the following symptoms it may be likely that medical intervention will be required.

Pancreatectomy symptoms
  • Weight loss
  • Acute or chronic abdominal or back pain
  • Jaundice
  • Darkening of urine
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Surgery step-by-step

  • Laparoscopic pancreatectomy is performed using a cannula (a narrow tube-like instrument) through which the surgeon enters the abdomen.
  • A laparoscope (a tiny telescope connected to a video camera) is inserted through a cannula, giving the surgeon a magnified view of the patient's internal organs on a television monitor.
  • Several other cannulas are inserted to allow the surgeon to work inside and remove the affected portion of the pancreas.
  • The entire procedure may be completed through the cannulas or by lengthening one of the small cannula incisions.


What are the advantages of opting for laparoscopic pancreatic surgery?

Results may vary depending upon the type of procedure and patient's overall condition. Common advantages are:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Minimal scarring on the abdomen
  • May shorten hospital stay and ICU recovery time
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Lesser instances of morbidity

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually lasts for several hours depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Will I be sedated during the surgery?

You will be administered general anesthesia during the operation.

What happens after the surgery?

  • You are encouraged to be out of bed at the earliest post the surgery is performed.
  • You will probably be able to get back to most of your normal activities in two weeks time. These activities include showering, driving, walking up stairs, working and engaging in sexual intercourse.