What Is the Whipple Procedure? | Q&A


The Whipple procedure, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer and is explained by Johns Hopkins surgical oncologist Christopher Wolfgang. 

Questions answered:
1. Describe what you do. (0:10)
2. What is the Whipple procedure a solution for? (0:22)
3. What is the other name for a Whipple procedure? (0:55)
4. How many hours does it take to complete the operation? (1:15)
5. Is the surgery open or laparoscopic? (1:47)
6. What organs are removed? (2:57)
7. What are the reconnections after organ removal? (3:34)
8. Does an ICU stay typically follow this procedure? (5:06)
9. What is the typical hospital stay post-surgery? (5:32)
10. What is the length of the typical at home recovery post-surgery? (6:56)
11. Why choose Johns Hopkins? (8:24)



Christopher Wolfgang

Christopher Wolfgang, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic