Pancreatico-duodenectomy for Chronic Pancreatitis
This contribution provides an overview of Whipple’s operation for pancreaticoduodenectomy in cases of chronic pancreatitis, placing this operation in perspective against the other forms of treatment available for chronic pancreatitis, and paying particular attention to both the short- and the long-term results of such surgery. Detailed description of the surgical technique and discussion of the newer modifications are considered by other contributors. The indications for the operation have been discussed in detail elsewhere, but suffice it is to say in the present context that the outstanding indication for pancreatico-duodenectomy in patients with chronic pancreatitis is long-standing and severe pain that is not adequately controlled by non-surgical means.
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