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Common Procedures

The following lists include only the most common and/or specialty procedures of NW Surgical Oncology. This list is not all-inclusive. If you're wondering about a specific procedure, please ask.

Specialty Procedures:


A Pancreatectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the end of the pancreas. This procedure is used to treat pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts, and injury. Sometimes the spleen is alsoremoved during this procedure.

Liver Resection

A Liver resection is a treatment option for some types of liver cancer. This surgical procedure removes a portion of the liver in order to remove various types of liver tumors located in the liver.

The goal of this type of surgery is to remove all tumors and affected tissue while leaving as much of the liver as possible.


The Whipple procedure is surgical procedure to remove a growth on the duodenum, bile duct or head of the pancreas but is also performed for chronic pancreatitis and strictures of the bile or pancreatic duct.

The operation consists of removing the gallbladder, part of the bile duct, the duodenum, the head of the pancreas and sometimes the lower portion of the stomach.

Common procedures:

  • Appendectomy
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Lumpectomy
  • Bowel Resection
  • Colectomy
  • Cystectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrostomy and Jejunostony Tube Placement
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Inguinal Herniorrhaphy
  • Lymph Node Dissection
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma Excision
  • Mass Excision
  • Port-A-Cath Insertion/Removal
  • Thyroidectomy