Because the Whipple procedure continues to be one of the most demanding and risky operations for surgeons and patients, the American Cancer Society says it's best to have the procedure done at a hospital that performs at least 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The organization also recommends choosing a surgeon who does many such operations. We have been sent to John Hopkins because they are rated #1 in performing this procedure and her case is a complicated one." />
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Becki will be traveling to John Hopkins Hospital in September to Baltimore, Maryland to see if she is a canadate for the Whipple Procedeure, or possible a less invasive option that is not available in Colorado. In 2007 Becki Gillenwater had a serious auto accident. She sustained extreme internal damage to the abdominal area, and broke several bones. She has had numerous surgeries and procedures including Nissan Fundaplacation, 9 ERCP's, and EUS. Since November 2011 she has had more than 10 procedures and has been hospitalized for more than 90 days. She has a stricture that blocks her pancreatic duct which was caused from blunt trauma to the abdomen during her accident. This has caused 8 months of extreme and chronic pain and nausea. The doctor who performed the laparoscopic procedures in the past has referred her to a surgeon for what is called a Whipple procedure. > > The classic Whipple procedure also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure involves removal of the "head" (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterwards, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas hoping that the organ will function properly and relieve her of the pain. It is a major surgery that comes with many risks but is necessary for Becki to help her live a normal life.> Because the Whipple procedure continues to be one of the most demanding and risky operations for surgeons and patients, the American Cancer Society says it's best to have the procedure done at a hospital that performs at least 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The organization also recommends choosing a surgeon who does many such operations. We have been sent to John Hopkins because they are rated #1 in performing this procedure and her case is a complicated one.

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