The distal pancreatectomy option goes further than the Whipple procedure since it involves removal of both the tail and body of the pancreas and elimination of the spleen. Also, the surgeon might decide they also need to remove part of the left kidney, your stomach, bowel or other organs. This operation also takes a long while and involves an extended recovery period, but if the Whipple procedure is not sufficient, there might be no reasonable alternative to the distal pancreatectomy.
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