Robotic Whipple Procedure

Robotic Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

The robotic Whipple procedure, named after the surgeon that pioneered its use, is a robot-assisted surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer. This complex procedure, also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy, involves the removal of the right side of the pancreas gland (the head, or proximal portion) along with some of the surrounding intestine and a portion of the bile duct. Robotic Whipple procedures are performed on a selective basis because of the anatomy involving this part of the pancreas. In cases where the robotic procedure is feasible, however, it provides a viable and minimally-invasive alternative to the open procedure, which requires a very large abdominal incision in order to access all the organs being operated on.

Robotic Whipple Procedure at NYULMC

The GI/hepatobiliary surgical oncologists at NYU Langone Medical Center are among the first in the New York area to use the da Vinci robot for these applications, and are developing a comprehensive minimally-invasive and robotic program to treat all gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

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