The Whipple operation removes the head of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the duodenum. Occasionally, a portion of the stomach may also be removed. After removal of these structures the remaining pancreas, bile duct and the intestine is sutured back into the abdominal cavity to direct the gastrointestinal secretions.
Soft Tissue Tumors
Often occurring in the tissues of the fat, muscle, nerve, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues of any part of the body, soft tissue tumors may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. The goal of surgery is to remove the entire tumor plus 2 to 3 cm of surrounding tissue. The evolution of limb-sparing surgical techniques has resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of amputations performed to treat tumors in the limbs.