Pancreas surgery

Pancreas surgery is performed for a variety of reasons, ranging from Pancreatic cancer, benign lumps, cystic lesions, and complications from pancreatitis.

Pancreatic tumours are uncommon and can be either malignant or benign. Malignant tumors of the pancreas have a very serious prognosis and are one of the leading causes of cancer death. Despite this there is still a role of surgery and we are always optimistic and aim for cure.

Surgery for lesions in the pancreas involves removing the diseased portion of the organ. These surgical procedures are major operations, usually requiring several hours in the operating theatre. For open pancreatic resections you would stay in hospital for at least a week after the surgery and would need several weeks to more fully recover. Occasionally depending on the position of the lesion, you may be able to undergo a laparoscopic pancreatic resection, and would have a much more rapid recovery.

Other surgical procedures for pancreatitis include fluid drainage from the pancreas or surgical opening of the pancreatic duct.

The pancreas is a critical organ due to its role in digestive and endocrine function. It is closely attached to several other organs in your abdominal cavity and these need to be reconstructed after resection.

The pancreas is surrounded by a lattice of nerves and by other essential organs, and is therefore sensitive from a pain-management perspective. Skilled use of pain control is essential for patients suffering from pancreatic conditions or recovering from surgery.

When you come in to see us regarding a pancreas operation, it is important to bring with you any reports from referring specialists, as well as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans. We will liaise closely with your GP, oncologist and other relevant specialist.

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