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Frey Procedure

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Frey Procedure

What is the Frey Procedure?

During the Frey procedure, the head of the pancreas is cut and a longer passage from the pancreas leading to the jejunum of the small intestine is formed.

Also Known As:

  • Pancreatitis surgery
  • Blocked bile duct surgery
  • Pancreatic head resection with longitudinal pancreaticojejunostomy
  • Pancreatic head resection with pancreaticojejunostomy

Conditions Treated with the Frey Procedure:

The Frey procedure is performed in cases of chronic pancreatitis due to a blocked pancreatic duct.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to the Frey Procedure:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to the Frey procedure. The Puestow procedure is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with the Frey Procedure:

The Frey procedure is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from the Frey Procedure:

Possible risks following the Frey procedure include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after the Frey Procedure:

The prognosis for a positive end result following the Frey procedure is good. Most patients experience relief from pain following the procedure.

Recovery from the Frey Procedure:

Total recovery from the Frey procedure takes six to eight weeks.

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