WebMD recommends choosing surgeons who are known for their skill and experience in performing the Whipple procedure. This is because patients have varying duct and blood vessel arrangements in the area around the pancreas.
The complexity of the procedure is evident in its history; until the 1970s, very few surgeons would perform it, because approximately a quarter of the patients would die in the process. The death rate is very low, below 1 percent, when experienced surgeons at major cancer centers perform the Whipple procedure, reveals WebMD.
Therefore, as WebMD advises, choose only specialists at cancer centers that conduct between 15 to 20 such procedures every year. Such professionals understand the necessary procedures for diagnosing, administering anesthesia, staging, operating and providing post-operative care.