Gastro-Intestinal & Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (GI & HPB) Cancer Center

Whipple Surgery

Gastro-Intestinal & Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (GI & HPB) Cancer Center

Whipple Surgery

Whipple surgery is a complex and delicate operation that is used to treat pancreatic cancer. The pancreas head, duodenum, a portion of the stomach, and the gallbladder are all removed during the surgery. The surgeon then reconstructs the digestive system using a section of the small intestine.

Whipple surgery is a high-risk procedure, but it offers the best chance for a cure for pancreatic cancer. The surgery has a high success rate when performed by an experienced surgeon, and the patient’s prognosis is generally good.

The pancreas is a large gland located behind the stomach that manufactures digestive enzymes and hormones. Pancreatic cancer is a relatively vicious form of cancer that is frequently difficult to treat.

Whipple surgery is a complex procedure that involves the removal of the pancreas head, the first part of the small intestine, the gallbladder, and, in some cases, the stomach.

The surgery is usually performed laparoscopically, which means that the surgeon makes a few small incisions in the abdomen and inserts thin, long instruments through these incisions.

Whipple surgery is a major procedure with the potential for serious complications such as infection, bleeding, and pancreatitis.

What Is a Whipple Procedure?

The Whipple procedure, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a difficult procedure that involves removing the pancreatic head, duodenum, gallbladder, and bile duct.

The Whipple procedure is used to treat tumors as well as conditions of the bile duct, intestine, and pancreas. The procedure is most frequently used to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread only to the head of the pancreas.

Your surgeon performs the Whipple procedure and then reconnects the remaining organs so that you can resume normal digestion after surgery.

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Who Is Eligible?

The Whipple Surgery procedure is a complex and invasive procedure reserved for patients with pancreatic cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.

In order to be eligible for the Whipple surgery, patients must first undergo a number of tests and evaluations to ensure that they are healthy enough to withstand the surgery and that cancer has not spread.

Candidates for the Whipple surgery must be in generally good health and have a life expectancy of at least five years. They must also be able to undergo a lengthy and complex surgery, as well as the necessary follow-up care.

Whipple surgery is not a cure for pancreatic cancer, but it can greatly improve the patient’s prognosis and quality of life. only a small number of patients are eligible for this surgery, but it can be truly life-changing.

In order to be eligible for Whipple surgery, you must have a tumor confined to the head of the pancreas and not too large. The tumor must also be surrounded by healthy tissue. In addition, you must be healthy enough to tolerate the surgery and have a life expectancy of at least five years.

If you meet all of the above criteria, you may be a candidate for Whipple surgery. This surgery is often successful in treating pancreatic cancer, but it is not without risks.

Complications from the surgery can include infection, bleeding, and pancreatitis. You should talk to your doctor about all the risks and benefits of Whipple surgery before making a decision.

Your one-stop solution for Whipple Surgery

Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad is a well-trained cancer surgeon. He has over two decades of clinical experience and has previously worked with some of India’s top hospitals. He is skilled and has 21 years of experience in some of the most advanced Whipple surgery.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Your doctor may discuss additional pancreatic operations with you, depending on your circumstances. If necessary, get a second opinion from a skilled surgeon. Options consist of:

Surgery to remove tumors or treat conditions in the pancreas body and tail. Distal pancreatectomy refers to the surgical procedure used to remove the pancreas’ left side (body and tail). Your surgeon might also need to remove your spleen during this procedure.

Complete pancreas removal through surgery. It is referred to as a total pancreatectomy. Without a pancreas, you can lead a reasonably normal life, but you’ll require lifelong insulin and enzyme replacement.

Surgery to treat tumors that are close to blood vessels. If their tumors involve nearby blood vessels, many patients are not considered candidates for the Whipple procedure or other pancreatic surgeries.

Only a small number of medical facilities in Delhi NCR will safely perform these procedures on a select few patients. Additionally, blood vessel fragments are removed and rebuilt during the procedures.

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What Happens After Surgery?

Often these patients can go home immediately after being released from the hospital to continue their recovery. For monitoring and follow-up visits, some people are asked to stay close by for a few days.

A brief stay in a facility with specialized rehabilitation services may be necessary for older adults and those with serious health issues. If you are worried about recovering at home, talk to your surgeon and the rest of the team.

Four to six weeks after surgery, the majority of patients are able to resume their regular routines. Your physical health prior to surgery and the complexity of your procedure may affect how long you take to recover.

Long-Term Effects Of Whipple Surgery

The probability of long-term survival following a Whipple procedure depends on your specific circumstances. The Whipple procedure is currently the only known treatment for the majority of pancreatic tumors and cancers.

If you experience stress, worry, or depression, speak with your treatment team, family, and friends. Talking about how you’re feeling can be beneficial. You might want to think about getting involved in a Whipple procedure support group or speaking with a licensed counselor.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How is the Whipple procedure performed?

The Whipple procedure is carried out using one of the following surgical techniques: The traditional open method necessitates a belly button incision. Patients usually spend seven to ten days in the hospital recovering. Multiple small incisions are required for the minimally invasive robot-assisted procedure. This could mean a shorter hospital stay as well as less pain and scarring. The Whipple procedure, whether open or robotic, necessitates extensive surgical training and exceptional technical skills.

What should I expect on the day of my Whipple procedure?

The surgeon and anesthesiologist meet with you and your family in the preoperative holding area prior to your operation to answer any last-minute questions. The anesthesia team transports you to the operating room and sedates you with intravenous (IV) medications. The anesthesiologist will also insert a breathing tube so that you can receive oxygen during the procedure. After you are asleep, the surgical team inserts special IV lines, a bladder catheter, and a stomach tube (through your nose). The majority of patients awake with a small tube in their nose to drain the stomach (after open surgery), an abdominal drain, and a tube to drain the bladder. Almost always, these tubes are removed before the patient leaves the hospital.

After having the Whipple procedure, how will I feel?

You might experience pain from the incision after the procedure. A few days after surgery, you can start eating and drinking again. At first, the stomach might not empty completely, leaving you feeling bloated or full. Your digestive system may occasionally need medication to function properly. It might take a few weeks for your decreased appetite to return.

How will you handle my pain?

Patients may elect to have a temporary regional anesthesia block, which reduces the need for narcotic pain medication for the first 12 to 18 hours after surgery. Initially, postsurgical pain is managed with an epidural (spinal) catheter or a patient-controlled IV pain pump. Pain medicine specialists see hospitalized patients on a daily basis and collaborate with your nurses and surgeons to manage your pain. Medications can be taken orally once eating is resumed. Patients are discharged from the hospital with a limited supply of the appropriate pain medication.

When will I be able to resume my normal activities?

It is critical to get out of bed and start walking the day after your surgery. You should avoid strenuous physical activity and lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least two months after your surgery. Before driving, working, or engaging in sexual activity, please consult with your surgeon.

Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad is a profound Surgical Oncologist with 18+ yrs of experience. Expertise: Advanced Minimal Access Surgical Oncology, Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary (Liver) Cancer surgery, Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Upper GI (Stomach and Esophagus) Cancer Surgery, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosolised Chemotherapy (PIPAC) Neuroendocrine Tumours.

Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad is a reputed and exceptional Gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary (GI & HPB) cancers surgeon. Dr. Vinay specializes in Advanced Minimal Access Surgery and HIPEC. He also has expertise in Pancreatic and Liver Cancer Surgery, Laparoscopic Colorectal and Upper GI Cancer Surgery and Neuroendocrine Tumours, to list a few. He has undergone specialsed training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Upper GI Surgery, IRCAD at Taiwan and has also gone through a dedicated Certified 2 year fellowship in GI and HPB Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Over the years he has successfully handled numerous complex cancer surgery cases. India.

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أخوكم أبو زياد طارق عبيس الجنابي

(Translated by Google) I am Tariq Abbas Al-Janabi from Iraq. I was suffering from bleeding with stool, so we came to India, and it was discovered that the colon was obstructed due to the tumor. Then I underwent a endoscopic tumor removal operation by Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad. Thank God, after the efforts of the doctors and medical staff, the operation was a complete success. . I offer them my respect, thanks and appreciation for their medical efforts, especially the translator Abdul Mohit, who brought us to this prestigious hospital. Frankly, this boy treated us very well and helped us with his best efforts at all times. I wish them all the best and lasting success
Your brother Abu Ziyad Tariq Abes Al-Janabi
Thank you

Mr. Abu Ziyad Tariq Abes Al-Janabi


الحمد لله رب العالمين لقد تم اجراء العملية وقد نجحت الحمد لله
اقدم شكري ومتناني الدكتور وكادر المستشفى

(Translated by Google) Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds. The operation was performed by Dr Vinay Sir & his team, and it was successful, praise be to God
I extend my thanks and gratitude to the Doctor Vinay and the hospital staff

Mr. Sami Khan


الدكتور جيد والكروب ايضا يتمتعون بخبره كبيره جدا. المستشفى كذلك نظيفه والممرضات متمرساات

(Translated by Google) Dr. Vinay Sir and Dr. Jyoti Sir have a lot of experience. The hospital is also clean and the nurses are experienced, Thanks Dr

Dr. Jaid and Mr. Al-Karub


(Original)من العراقي اقدم شكري وتقديري واحترامي الى الكادر الطبيب الذي قام باجراء عملية الى زوجتي وكانو على قدر عالي من المهنيه والانسانيه والرعايه الطبيه المحترمه فلهم مني جزيل الشكر والاحترام

(Translated by Google) From the Iraqis, I extend my thanks, appreciation and respect to Dr. Vinay Sir, Dr. Jyoti Sir and their team who performed the operation.
Dr. Vinay Sir & team

Mr. Kamal Danish


السلام عليكم انا من العراق اجرينا عمليه جراحيه في البطن وكانت المريضة مصابه باورام سرطانيه
سريعهالانتشار.وقام.باجراء.العمليه.الدكتور.فينا.في مستشفي سي كے برلا وكانت العملية وانا اشكر دكتور

(Translated by Google) Peace be upon you. We are from Iraq. had an abdominal surgery, and the patient had cancenoma tumors It spread quickly.
It spread quickly. The operation was performed by Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad Sir.  I thank Dr. Vinay Sir & Team, Peace be upon you.

Mr. Abdul Aleem


डॉ विनय सेमीउल गायकवाड़, डॉ ज्योति भट जी एवं सभी सहकर्मीगण, मेरी सर्जरी के दौरान आपकी मदद के लिए धन्यवाद। मैं वास्तव में आपके द्वारा प्रदान की गई विशेषज्ञ देखभाल की सराहना करता हूं।

मुझे बहुत अच्छा लग रहा है और मैं अपने सामान्य जीवन में वापस आने के लिए उत्साहित हूं। मुझे उम्मीद है कि आपका भी दिन अच्छा बीतेगा।

(Translated by Google) Thank you Dr. Vinay Samiul Gaikwad, Dr. Jyoti Bhat and all colleagues, for your help during my surgery. I really appreciate the expert care you provided.

I feel great and am looking forward to getting back to my normal life. I hope you have a nice day too.

Mr. Amresh Singh Mavi


It was a great experience. We came to know about Dr Vinay S Gaikwad . we came here from Jammu for the treatment. After meeting Dr Vinay Sir and Dr Jyoti Sir, we got the confidence to move forward with the treatment. It was very comfortable. We don’t know how to thank him. Both of them were very friendly. And also Nawed and Ibrahim helped us for each and everything.
Nursing staffs were so supportive.
Indeed the experience was amazing

Ms. Neha Koul


We Mr & Mrs James Mubia Want to thank the team of Doctors who did a wonderful And successful surgery to remove stomach tumor in mr James Mubia. We were very worried and you calmed us down.
No enough words can thank you enough for the wonderful surgery pain free process James went through .

Mr & Mrs James Mubia

Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Vinay Gaikwad. Very experienced doctor with miracle hands and golden heart!

We consulted Dr Vinay Gaikwad for my mothers treatment. In addition to being a very experienced doctor, with very clear thinking and logical approach, what we realy appreciated and helped us connect with him was how he made the patient comfortable. He has a great humane side and a lot of empathy and builds connect with the patient. My mother found comfort with Dr Vinay and was able to put trust in him for the surgery. He and his team espasially Dr Jyoti Bhatt were always there to guide us through the hospitalisation period. His team with Shadik and Ibrahim were also very caring and in constant touch though the hospitalisation process.

We are very thank full to Dr Vinay and his team for taking care of my mom and providing us best care and treatment.

Mr. Sachin B


Dr. Vinay Gaikwad is an exceptional surgeon and a thorough gentleman. We had a complicated case and only Dr. Vinay gave us a surgical option and with conviction. He spent over an hour with me explaining the complications and explaining what would be the best course of action. His confidence and passion made it easier for our family to go for the surgery first option. He has a very strong and capable team who make post operative recovery a very smooth affair. I would thank Dr. Vinay and his whole team for their efforts. I believe it was almighty’s grace that we found him and I wish him a lot of success in treating other patients. I would extend my thanks to Dr Jyoti who beyond his expertise is very helpful and friendly, Dr. Naved who was on top of every post operative tasks and making sure we got the best attention, Dr. Shadiq and Ibrahim to make it such a good experience for all of us

Mr. Paresh Sharma


I say that it was a wonderful experience for me to have come from Mauritius all alone for treatment under the able and highly experienced Dr Vinay Gaikwad and his fantastic team composed of Dr Jyoti Bhat, Dr Naved, Dr Mansi and Ibrahim. Dr Vinay is among the the top iconic surgeons in India. God has given him special qualities to treat patients with great care and compassion. He is unique with his special dedicated team. I thank you all and hail you as a team of excellence. Who would have imagined that a person can come alone under the care of Dr Vinay and become a member of the family blessed by this special team of dedicated medical professionals. Thank you all for your devotion in this humane profession. After my surgery I am top fit again as a youngster to face challenges in life.

Mr. Somduth Dulthumun


Amazing Doctor & Great Professional. (Truly messenger of God)
My mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer on 1st August,2022 and have carried out all basic test to access current stage of cancer. We were getting mixed feedback on whether it is operable or not.
She is required to undergo a Whipple Surgery, and this is not a simple surgery. Very handful of doctors in world can perform this surgery successfully.
We moved across various Hospitals and met lot of surgeons to seek an opinion.
During this process, we met Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad, he examined all reports of mother and met her. Later he explained merits of surgery and assured us that it is operable. He was very confident that though reports say it is 3rd or 4th stage cancer, but this is a very early-stage detection, and will get more to know once we operate.
The compassion with which we saw, and he treat the patients is more effective than any medicine!
Looking at his expertise, Knowledge on subject and God willing, we decided to go ahead with surgery of my mother through Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad.
He decided a date 10th August,2022. This was more than 5-6 Hours Surgery. Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad along with his Great committed / Dedicated & highly professional Team – Dr. Jyoti Bhat, Naved ji and other Team members, have performed operation successfully.
Finally, we had a successful Whipple surgery and all credits to Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad and his great Team. My mother got a second life and for us Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad and his team are messenger of God, who came together to save my mother from this illness.
Today is 30th Day post-surgery and she is getting back to normal. As per Doctor, she is perfectly okay and Cancer growth has been removed from body 100%, and no further treatment is required, other than periodic checkup.
He was right, my mother seems to have 1st or 2nd stage of cancer, which was earlier predicted as 3rd or 4th stage through radiolist reports.
I sincerely want to Thank you for your wonderful treatment and kind gesture. You have always made sure my mother was doing okay. Thanks for that Doctor Vinay Samuel Gaikwad and his Team (special mention Dr Jyoti Bhatt and Naved ji)!
Highly recommend Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad for all type of Cancer Treatment. He is a messenger of God and can cure patients with is positive attitude and enrich experience.

Mr. Aman Rekhi


My father’ Inguinal surgery was suggested by his local physicians at Jalandhar. Given his age (84) and other complications, I was keen to minimize the accompanying risks and have a trouble – free procedure for him. A close friend of mine (a senior surgeon himself whose medical opinion has been invaluable for my family over the years) recommended Dr. Vinay Gaikwad to me. His words were, “If I needed someone to operate on my family, it would be Dr. Vinay). I reached out to Dr. Gaikwad and from the very beginning, he was totally invested in my father’s health.
He took time to understand the case and the accompanying risks. He also told me that while he was currently focused more on oncological cases, he would make sure that we got the best surgeon for dad. He personally requested Dr. Mayank Manjul Madan (an awesome surgeon and a wonderful human being) to conduct the surgery.
Even though Dr.Vinay was himself not conducting the surgery, he was involved throughout the process to ensure the well-being of my father. He took time out to address our concerns prior to the surgery, and he was always around to check on my father’s recovery post the surgery..
I wish him and his wonderful colleagues the best always.

Mr. Jagmohan Bhanver


My mother in law was sucessfully operated by Dr Vinay Gaikwad for a very complex pancreatic surgery in Aug’2022.
Many senior & competent doctors had refused to do the surgery, where as Dr Vinay right from the first meeting was confident in handling the case. He explained us the whole situation & process very pateintly & clarified all our doubts.
Doctor Vinay & his team took very good care post operation & my mother in law is home & doing well.
We are totally satisfied with Dr Vinay & would highly recommend him for serious cancer cases.

Mr. Gurpreet Singh Sawhney


Dr.Jyoti Bhat was very kind and supportive throughout the surgery. He was motivating us throughout which had a very positive affect.

Ibrahim was very supportive throughout the processes in the hospital.Wewere very happy with the experience.

Ms. Rachna Pilani


I went for my PIPAC procedure at C K Birla Hospital, Gurgaon , carried out by Dr Vinay Samuel Gaikwad and his team , Dr Jyoti Bhat, Mr Ibrahim, Mr Shardik and the rest.
The whole experience , which I came to know through my sister because I was under general anesthesia, was nothing short of a miracle in the hands of Dr Vinay and his team. Excellent.
I thank Dr Vinay that I could experience his expertise and efficiency of his team during this procedure.
I look forward to my remaining treatment under their care and the care of the warm , friendly and efficient staff of the hospital.

Mr. Allan Phillips

Dear team,

I have been taking my treatment from many other consultants but nobody advised me for a surgery . Dr Vinay is like God for me now. It was my blessing that I got to know about him through Dr Pooja Babbar , special thanks to her.

Dr Vinay & Dr Jyoti made us comfortable in the first meeting itself. The entire team Nawed, Ibrahim, nursing staffs especially Seema , the food, the housekeeping team ❤️

After surgery also I’m feeling better. I’m going home with a great satisfaction. God bless you all

Jasleen Kaur

Ms. Jasleen Kaur & Mr. Raminder Singh


Passionate, sympathetic and optimistic are the words which sketch the courteous and tenderness persona of Dr. Vinay Samuel gaekwad and Dr. Jyoti Bhatt. I underwent isr surgical approach for rectal CA , right from my first appointment in opd to the post op care the whole oncology team has been a boon for my recovery. Post surgical care n guidance of Mr brahim and Mr Naved has ensured a speedy and optimum recovery. The hospitality of hospital is admirable , each n every single person has delivered their helping hand with a positive smile and aura. I would express my gratitude for the wonderful care offered by the whole staff.

Rameshwar Dutt Awasthi


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