Whipple Surgery Cost in India

Includes

  • Surgery under GA
  • Stay at the Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines and Consumables at the hospital
  • Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers
  • IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Stay at the Hospital - 6 to 7 days   
  • Stay in India - 2 to 3 weeks
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Whipple Surgery Cost in India starts from US $ 7,500 and varies depending on your medical condition and history, technique used for the surgery, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the procedure done.

Factors that affect Whipple Surgery Cost in India

  • Surgical Technique

    There are different techniques to perform whipple surgery- open, laparoscopic and robotic. Your surgeon would advise the best technique for you depending on your medical history and health condition. The cost varies to a great extent on the technique through which the surgery is performed.

  • Surgeon's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your whipple surgery in India is going to be your surgeon's fees. IndiCure recommends highly experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured that you are in safe and skilled hands when you choose cancer treatment in India with IndiCure.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your whipple surgery done in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility in India also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be all inclusive and affordable.

  • Pre and Post Treatment Expenses

    The pre-surgical/treatment expenses are associated with the stage of the cancer and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations and treatment required. Post-treatment expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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Dr. Amit Maydeo

MBBS, MS, FASGE

28+ Years of Experience

Dr. Amit Maydeo is a gastroenterologist and endoscopy expert who is most known for his work on therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In 2013, the Indian government honored him by awarding him the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian honor, for his services in medicine and medical education.

Dr. (Prof) Mohammed Rela

MBBS, MS, FRCS

28+ Years of Experience

Dr. Rela has done over 3000 liver transplant surgeries and is renowned for his expertise in liver transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery. In December 1997, he led a team that performed a successful liver transplant on a five-day-old girl, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records in 2000.

Dr. (Col) Avnish Seth

MBBS, MD, DM

25+ Years of Experience

Dr. (Col) Avnish Seth is a well-known medical gastroenterologist and liver specialist in Delhi. Treatment of hepatitis B and C, liver transplantation, and advanced GI endoscopic procedures are also areas of interest. As the Founder Director of the Armed Forces Organ Retrieval & Transplant Authority in North India, he pioneered organ donation after brain death (AORTA)

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

New Delhi

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi is a state of the art multi speciality tertiary-care hospital situated in the most posh area of South Delhi. Considered to be the flagship hospital of Apollo group, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is one of the important landmarks not only in Delhi, but in the world map because of its popularity among the medical tourists.

Global Hospital

Mumbai

Gleneagles Global hospital in Parel, Mumbai is a 450 bedded multi super-specialty tertiary care hospital housed on 17 floors. It is the latest addition to the geographical footprints of the Gleneagles group in India. The unique feature of the hospital is separate Intensive Care Units for separate specialties viz Post Transplant ICU, Medical ICU, Cardiac ICU, Surgical ICU, Renal ICU.

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Whipple Surgery

Whipple procedure, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a complex operation to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine (duodenum), the gallbladder and the bile duct.

The Whipple procedure is used to treat tumors and other disorders of the pancreas, intestine and bile duct. It is the most often used surgery to treat pancreatic cancer that's confined to the head of the pancreas. After performing the Whipple procedure, your surgeon reconnects the remaining organs to allow you to digest food normally after surgery.

A Whipple procedure may be a treatment option for people whose pancreas, duodenum or bile duct is affected by cancer or other disorder. The pancreas is a vital organ that lies in the upper abdomen, behind your stomach. It works closely with the liver and ducts that carry bile. The pancreas releases (secretes) enzymes that help you digest food, especially fats and protein. The pancreas also secretes hormones that help manage your blood sugar.

The goal of doing a Whipple procedure for cancer is to remove the tumor and prevent it from growing and spreading to other organs. This is the only treatment that can lead to prolonged survival and cure for most of these tumors.

The Whipple surgical procedure can be performed in three different ways.

  • Open Surgery – An open surgery is performed by the surgeon making an incision in the abdomen to access the pancreas. Open surgery is the most commonly performed and most extensively studied version of Whipple surgery.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery – Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive version of the Whipple procedure. A small incision is made in the abdomen and special instruments are inserted. These small instruments include a camera that will send videos to a monitor to guide the surgeon during the procedure.
  • Robotic Surgery – Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery during which surgical tools, attached to a robot, are inserted into small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon uses video to observe the organs and controls the robotic arms from a console. The benefit of this form of surgery is that the small robotic arms can access areas and make small adjustments that are not possible with human hands.

While the minimally invasive surgical options come with less risk of blood loss and infection and a quicker recovery time there are also some drawbacks.

Laparoscopic and robotic surgeries both take longer to perform than an open surgery which is harder on the body. There is also the risk that there will be complications during a minimally invasive procedure that require the surgeon to switch to open surgery to finish the procedure.

When is Whipple Surgery needed?

Your doctor may recommend you have a Whipple procedure to treat:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ampullary cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Small bowel cancer
  • Trauma to the pancreas or small intestine
  • Other tumors or disorders involving the pancreas, duodenum or bile ducts

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for whipple surgery in India.

  • Is it time for whipple surgery?
  • Is the oncologist board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • What cancer treatment option is recommended for me?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol

How is Whipple Surgery done?

Step 1

The surgeon makes an incision in your abdomen to access your internal organs. The location and size of your incision varies according to your surgeon's approach and your particular situation.

Step 2

For a Whipple procedure, the head of the pancreas, the beginning of the small intestine (duodenum), the gallbladder and the bile duct are removed.

In certain situations, the Whipple procedure may also involve removing a portion of the stomach or the nearby lymph nodes. Other types of pancreatic operations also may be performed, depending on your situation.

Step 3

Your surgeon then reconnects the remaining parts of your pancreas, stomach and intestines to allow you to digest food normally.

What Results can I Expect from Whipple Surgery?

Your chances of long-term survival after a Whipple procedure depend on your particular situation. For most tumors and cancers of the pancreas, the Whipple procedure is the only known cure.

What is the Recovery after Whipple Surgery like?

After discharge from the hospital, most people can return directly home to continue recovery. Some people are asked to stay nearby for several days for monitoring and follow-up visits. Older adults and people with significant health concerns may require a temporary stay in a skilled rehabilitation facility. Talk to your surgeon and team if you are concerned about your home recovery.

Most people are able to return to their usual activities four to six weeks after surgery. How long it takes you to recover may depend on your physical condition before your surgery and the complexity of your operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the function of the pancreas and where is it located?

The pancreas is a vital organ that is located in the belly. It has a fish-like form to it. The head is the widest section on the right. The thin end is referred to as the tail, while the intermediate piece is referred to as the neck or body.

The pancreas produces hormones, aids digestion, and regulates blood sugar levels.

2. Who performs whipple surgery?

During the Whipple procedure, a GI surgeon trained to perform such procedures is assisted by a team of nurses, anesthesiologists, and anesthetists.

3. Is the Whipple technique a traditional open surgery or a less invasive method?

The Whipple technique is frequently performed open, despite the fact that laparoscopic surgery is suitable for many purposes.

4. What is the duration of the Whipple procedure?

The Whipple surgery is a lengthy process that takes anything from 4 to 12 hours to complete.

5. What are the benefits of the Whipple method of surgery?

With pancreatic cancer, Whipple surgery improves your odds of long-term survival. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of people survive pancreatic cancer. Only approximately 8.5 percent of pancreatic cancer patients survive five years. Your chances increase to 25% if you get the Whipple procedure.

6. What should I expect after the Whipple surgery?

The Whipple procedure is a major operation. It will take some time to recover from the surgery.

After your Whipple procedure, you'll be in pain for a while. Your medical team will manage your pain and keep an eye out for signs of infection or other complications during your stay in the hospital. For a few days, you'll be on a clear, liquid diet until your healthcare specialists determine that you're ready to start eating solid foods. You would stay at the hospital under medical supervision for around 7-8 days after the surgery and would need to stay for around 2-3 weeks in India before you can go back.

7. How effective is Whipple surgery in curing pancreatic cancer?

When it comes to pancreatic cancer, the Whipple surgery is frequently the best option for a cure.The success or the cure rates, on the other hand, are influenced by the location and stage of your tumor, as well as other personal characteristics.

Your surgeon is the best person to answer this question after he has analyzed your health and medical reports if a Whipple treatment is likely to cure your pancreatic cancer.

8. What are the risks associated with the Whipple surgery?

One-third of those who have the Whipple surgery experience problems, which include: Diabetes, which can be on a temporary or permanent basis, fistulas, bleeding, infection, difficulty in digesting some foods, loss of weight, changes in bowel habits etc.

9. What's the survival rate for a Whipple procedure?

In the previous few decades, the Whipple procedure's survival rate has greatly improved. Thirty years ago, between 5% and 15% of persons who underwent the Whipple procedure died as a result of complications. Currently, the mortality rate ranges from 1% to 3%.

10. How long will I be in the hospital?

You'll spend roughly a week in the hospital after surgery to heal. Your care team will monitor your pain levels and keep an eye out for issues during your hospital stay.

11. How long does the Whipple procedure take to recover from?

It's a serious operation, and recovery will be lengthy. You should be able to resume your normal activities in around 4-6 weeks if there are no issues.

12. After the Whipple procedure, what should I eat?

You'll be on a clear, liquid diet for the first few days after the procedure. Your surgeon will advise you when you should start eating solid foods. For a few days, you'll want to eat soft, easy-to-digest foods. You would be given a detailed diet plan by the dietitian in consultation with your surgeon.

13. What prescription drugs will I have to take?

Your surgeon will prescribe drugs to help you manage your pain after the Whipple surgery. Medications to prevent blood clots in your legs may also be prescribed.

14. Is Whipple surgery a high-risk procedure?

The Whipple technique is a difficult procedure that carries a high risk of serious consequences. The procedure and associated consequences require a great deal of skill and experience.

15. Is Whipple surgery painful?

The Whipple technique is, without a doubt, a difficult and painful process. This is owing to the size of the organs being removed or moved, as well as the proximity of the pancreas to nerves exiting the spine at the back of the abdomen during the procedure.

16. After a Whipple treatment, how long can you expect to live?

After a Whipple procedure, the five-year survival rate is around 20% to 25%.

17. What are the consequences of Whipple surgery in the long run?

Whipple surgery is a complex procedure that frequently results in significant modifications to the digestive tract. This can have major long-term consequences, such as abdominal pain, weight loss, digestive issues, and persistent weariness.

18. After Whipple surgery, how much weight do you lose?

Following a Whipple treatment, you might expect to lose 5-10% of your body weight.

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