About The Whipple Procedure

The Whipple, or technically named a Pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a major surgical operation involving the pancreas, duodenum, and other organs. This operation is performed to treat cancerous tumours on the head of the pancreas, malignant tumors involving common bile duct or duodenum near the pancreas.


This procedure was originally described by Alessandro Codivilla, an Italian surgeon, in 1898. The first resection for a periampullary cancer was performed by the German surgeon Walther Kausch in 1909 and described by Kausch in 1912.
It is often called the Whipple procedure, after the American surgeon Allen Whipple who devised a perfected[citation needed] version of the surgery in 1935[2] and subsequently came up with multiple refinements to his technique.

Linda Hageman Interview

The Mayo Clinic interviews Linda Hageman about her surgical and personal history with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia. This is part 1 of a 5 video series.