Robotic Whipple for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Surgery in Dallas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the country to offer advanced minimally invasive, fully robotic Whipple surgery, or pancreaticoduodenectomy. When the Whipple procedure is performed with the aid of a robot, patients benefit from five small incisions rather than one large incision.

Potential benefits of the robotic Whipple surgery vs. traditional open Whipple surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Faster healing, which enables patients to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment more quickly

A National Epicenter for Innovative, Progressive Care Of Pancreatic Cancer

In September 2014, Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, Executive Medical Director for Organ Transplantation at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, was designated as an epicenter surgeon by Intuitive Surgical (Intuitive is the maker of the da Vinci® robotic surgical system). This is the first hepatobiliary-focused general surgery robotic epicenter designated by Intuitive Surgical.

The epicenter designation recognizes Methodist Dallas’ quality outcomes, compassionate care, and leadership in advanced treatment options for liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and other diseases of the liver, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract. The epicenter will draw surgeons from across the country to learn about these advanced treatments from our experts.

An Easier, Safer Way to Perform Surgery

The Whipple procedure involves the removal of the head of the pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, part of the stomach, and small intestine. Methodist Dallas is pleased to be joining an elite group of hospitals across the United States now offering advanced minimally invasive robotic hepatobiliary surgery, including fully robotic Whipple surgery.

For more information about pancreatic cancer treatment options and pancreatic cancer resources at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, call 214-933-6601.