Patient Teaching: Whipple procedure


Information for patients and family

The Whipple procedure, or a pancreatico-duodenectomy, is a surgery used to treat cancer which involves the head of the pancreas. During the surgery, the head of the pancreas, along with sections of the stomach and small intestines, as well as the gallbladder and bile ducts, will also be removed. The digestive system is then rebuilt in a manner which allows normal digestion.

In collaboration with St. Joseph's Health Centre, we have developed an online interactive pathway for patients having the Whipple procedure. This patient pathway provides more in-depth information, and allows patients to navigate directly to the information they need that is relevant to their stage in having the Whipple operation. It is mobile-friendly, so patients can access it on smartphones as well as on tablets of desktop computers:

Video chapters

Chapter 1: Anatomy
Chapter 2: Pancreatic cancer
Chapter 3: Pre-op setup
Chapter 4: Whipple procedure
Chapter 5: Risks and complications
Chapter 6: Post-op care
Chapter 7: Discharge

Useful links