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One of the most effective procedures for removing tumors and other disorders in the pancreas, bile duct or intestines is the Whipple procedure, also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy. This is one of the most complex procedures in general surgery, requiring removal of portions of the gastrointestinal system and then reconnecting the various components. Dr. Dmitri Alden is one of the only oncological surgeons in NYC to offer the fully robotic Whipple procedure through his practice on the UES.

What Is the Whipple Procedure?

The most common reason the Whipple procedure is recommended is for pancreatic tumors or cancer, but it can be used for other GI tract conditions. The procedure removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, duodenum (first part of the small intestines) and the bile duct. Once the desired components are removed, the remaining elements must be surgically reconnected. The surgery has traditionally taken 5-6 hours to perform, which can be exhausting for surgeons performing the precise and delicate surgical alterations.

Advantages of Fully Robotic Whipple Procedure

The Whipple procedure was once only performed through open surgery. It now can be performed laparoscopically and with the fully robotic system. The fully robotic Whipple procedure has several advantages over both the open and laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery options. These include:

  • More precise micro movements, which are needed in the Whipple procedure
  • Improved 3D angle views within the abdomen
  • Fully robotic arms are mechanically powered, not powered by the surgeon
  • Fully robotic procedure eliminates possibility of tremors
  • Repeated motions can be made tirelessly during the long procedure
  • Smaller incisions – none in the mid abdomen – for faster recovery and a more aesthetically-pleasing result for the patient
  • Minimal hospital stays

The fully robotic Whipple procedure is an incredible option for many patients with pancreatic cancer and tumors in the GI tract. However, not every patient is a good candidate for this particular surgery. Dr. Dmitri Alden and his colleagues can determine the best treatment plan and surgical option for patients that can benefit from a pancreaticoduodenectomy.

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you want a specialist on your side that can perform the most beneficial procedures for recovery. Dr. Dmitri Alden offers minimally invasive pancreatic cancer surgery with the fully robotic Whipple procedure. Contact our office in New York City to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alden.

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