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There are two common types of Whipple procedures - the conventional Whipple and the pylorus-sparing Whipple. The conventional Whipple involves removal of the head of the pancreas, the duodenum, and a portion of the stomach, as well as the gallbladder and a portion of the bile duct. The remaining stomach, bile duct and pancreas are then reconnected to the digestive tract to restore flow of ingested contents, digestive enzymes and bile. In a pylorus-sparing Whipple, the section of stomach is not removed during the operation.
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