An open surgery, distal pancreatectomy is the removal of the end of the pancreas.
Also Known As:
- Pancreas removal
- Pancreas surgery
Conditions Treated with Distal Pancreatectomy:
Distal pancreatectomy may be performed in cases of chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts and cancer at the end of the pancreas.
Non-surgical alternatives to distal pancreatectomy include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Distal Pancreatectomy:
Distal pancreatectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Distal Pancreatectomy:
Possible risks following distal pancreatectomy include infection, bile leak, bleeding, organ damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Recovery from Distal Pancreatectomy:
Total recovery from distal pancreatectomy takes six to eight weeks.