The Whipple procedure is a complex and morbid up duration with significant readmission rates. In a recent review of experience at the Johns Hopkins, readmission rates have been decreasing. When early and late complications were compared, patients with early complications were likelier to be readmitted for delayed gastric emptying (12% vs. 4%; P<0.01), intra-abdominal abscess (17% vs. 4%; P<0.0001) and wound infections (6% vs.1%; P< 0.02). Conversely, the indication for those readmitted more than one year after surgery was more likely to be obstructive jaundice (17% vs. 4%; P<0.0001), metastatic disease (12% vs. 5%; P< 0.0001) or incisional hernias (12% vs. 3%; P<0.0001). Other reports show similar results.
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