The pancreas is a small but essential organ, responsible for making the enzymes needed to digest food and insulin which regulates the metabolism of sugar in the bloodstream. Pancreatitis, either acute or chronic can call for surgery, as can pancreatic cancers including ampullary cancer, bile duct cancer, duodenal cancer and sarcomas. Disorders of the pancreas are diagnosed with regular physical exams, CT scans, MRIs, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, biopsies, blood testing, and ultrasounds. While pancreatitis presents symptoms including abdominal pain, pancreatic cancer is often symptomless in early stages.
This procedure removes the pancreas. This procedure is commonly performed to treat cancer, tumors, pancreatitis and gallstones. Surgery is often the best option for patients with pancreatic cancer, but early diagnosis is essential. At Bay Surgical Specialists, Dr. Huguet performs most surgeries laparoscopically to make the process less invasive for the patient with less pain and quicker recovery times.
The Whipple procedure is also called Whipple’s pancreatico duodenectomy, and it is most often performed to remove tumors in the head of the pancreas. This procedure removes part of the stomach, the whole duodenum (the first part of the small intestine beyond the stomach), part of the bowel, the head of the pancreas, bile duct and the gall bladder. The remaining components are reconnected. Dr. Huguet is very experienced with this procedure and performs several Whipple procedures each year.
A distal pancreatectomy divides the pancreas to remove disease and tumors found in the tail and body of the organ and is usually associated with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. This procedure can be performed laparoscopically and only requires two half-inch incisions to be made for the laparoscope and instruments to be inserted to perform the procedure. Laparoscopic surgery results in less pain, more rapid recovery, and earlier discharge from hospital.
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