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Pancreas is located behind the stomach and is made up of exocrine cells which secrete the digestive enzymes and the insulin which regulates blood sugar level in the body. When the exocrine cells grow out of control and cause abnormalities in the functioning of the pancreas, it is said to be cancerous in nature. The abnormalities associated with the pancreas can be cancerous and non cancerous tumors. More than 200000 people die because of pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by fibrosis and irreversible morphological changes with permanent loss of endocrine and exocrine function. Extreme pain is the most frequently observed symptom in case of chronic pancreatitis.

Types of surgery for pancreatic cancer: 

  • Potentially curative surgery: It is used in the case where the cancer is not wide spread and can be removed completely.
  • Palliative surgery: It may be done in a condition when the cancer is widespread and cannot be removed completely. The surgery is merely done to provide relief from pain to the patient.

Whipple’s Procedure:

  • This procedure requires a large incision down to the middle of the belly. 
  • It is the most common procedure to remove cancer in pancreas.
  •  In this procedure the doctor removes the pancreatic head and in some cases parts of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the small intestine is all removed. 
  • Rest of the pancreas and the bile duct is then attached to the small intestine, so that the digestive juices can reach into the small intestine. 
  • This procedure has to be carried out by an experienced and skillful doctor, as this procedure is extremely complicated. This procedure is highly complicated and any errors during and post the surgery could be life threatening. 
  • The mortality rate is extremely high if not treated by expert doctors. 
  • The average percentage mortality post surgery is more than 20%.

Frey’s Operation:

  • It is a type of pancreaticojejunostomy, this procedure is used for the treatment of chronic pancreatitis. 
  • In this procedure a lateral incision of the pancreatic duct is done from an anterior approach and then an incision is done side to side between the pancreas and a mobilized loop of jejunum.
  • This procedure is highly popular and recommended because the diseased portion of the pancreatic head are completely removed, exposing the pancreatic duct in the head and hence allowing proper drainage from the pancreas.

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At Eternal Hospital, we have a highly qualified and dedicated team of doctors who are always committed to providing the latest and most advanced medical care to all our patients. Being a trusted name in healthcare, we act compassionately while ensuring confidentiality to those who need it. We have set high standards in patient-centric premium care and outstanding patient safety, and exceptional maintenance in a timely manner. In addition, we adhere to the use of up-to-the-minute innovations to offer state-of-the-art treatments to our patients with unparalleled results.

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Dr. D S Malik

Director- General & Laparoscopic Surgery