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What are possible complications of the Whipple procedure?

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Short-term problems include the development of false channels (fistulas) and leakage from the site of the bowel reconnection. Other possible surgical complications include:

Over the long term you might notice:

  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Trouble with the stomach emptying itself after meals
  • Weight loss.
  • Diabetes. It can happen if the surgeon removes too many insulin-producing cells from your pancreas. It's unlikely if you have normal blood sugar before surgery. If you recently developed diabetes before surgery, it might improve.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Pancreatic Cancer Surgery."

Mayoclinic.org: "Pancreatic Cancer Treatment."

Pancreatica.org: "What Is the Surgical Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer?"

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

Pri-med Patient Education Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

University of Southern California Department of Surgery - Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Pancreatic Cancer Surgery."

Mayoclinic.org: "Pancreatic Cancer Treatment."

Pancreatica.org: "What Is the Surgical Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer?"

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

Pri-med Patient Education Center: "The Whipple Procedure."

University of Southern California Department of Surgery - Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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