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Distal Pancreatectomy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Distal Pancreatectomy

What is Distal Pancreatectomy?

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.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Distal Pancreatectomy:

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.

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