Robotic Whipple Surgical Procedure

North Cypress Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the greater Houston area to perform the Robotic Whipple procedure or a Pancreaticoduodenectomy.   The Whipple Procedure is the most common surgical treatment for cancerous or benign tumors of the head of the pancreas, duodenum, or the common bile duct.   The traditional Open Whipple procedure involves the removal of the head of the pancreas, bile duct, duodenum, part of the stomach, and the gallbladder.   Then the remaining pancreas and digestive organs are reconnected.   This requires a large incision to access each organ.   But, the Robotic Whipple involves a surgeon maneuvering a robotic arm through several small incisions, which means less pain, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and minimal scarring and blood loss.   For those needing additional cancer treatment, the shortened recovery time will allow them to begin chemotherapy and radiation sooner. Benefits of the Robotic Whipple vs. the traditional Open Whipple procedure
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shortened recovery time allowing patients to begin chemotherapy and radiation quicker
North Cypress Medical Center is one of an elite group of hospitals across the United States offering the state-of-the-art fully Robotic Whipple Surgery.  On February 19, 2015, Dr. S. Manny Ayyar along with partner, Dr. Jorge Leiva performed one of the first Robotic Whipple procedures in the Houston area at North Cypress Medical Center. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.   The American Cancer Society estimates 49,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2015.   For those patients that are candidates for surgical resection, the Whipple procedure is a life-saving procedure.   Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.  Many patients may be able to tolerate the Robotic Whipple procedure,  but are unable to tolerate the traditional Open Whipple procedure. Robotic surgery is an innovative technology that is beneficial for certain abdominal operations and conditions.  It provides minimally invasive approaches to very complex procedures which results in a quicker return to normal activities with less pain.  Besides the Robotic Whipple, North Cypress offers Robotic Gastric Bypass surgery, Robotic Hysterectomy and Robotic Prostatectomy surgery.

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