Pancreatic Surgery

The pancreas is a vital organ that makes enzymes or digestive juices that aid with the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. It is located along the back of the abdomen, and is also responsible for producing hormones that control the metabolism of sugar in the bloodstream. Pancreatitis develops when the pancreas becomes inflamed.

Common symptoms of pancreatitis include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatty stools
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Weight Loss
  • Weakness
  • Chills or Sweating

Pancreatitis is generally diagnosed through imagery tests like abdominal x-rays, abdominal ultrasound or CT scans. Blood tests or urine tests might also be required for diagnosis. There are several different types of pancreatitis, including acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatitic abscess and pancreatitic pseudocyst. The treatment for pancreatitis will depend on which type of the condition is present.

Patients in Southwest Florida suffering from chronic pancreatitis or benign or malignant pancreatic tumors may benefit from minimally invasive pancreatic surgery at GI Surgical Specialists. Patients with pancreatic diseases may benefit from the following minimally invasive surgical procedures:

  • Laparoscopic surgery for complications of the pancreas
  • Laparoscopic treatment of pancreatic pseudocysts
  • Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy
  • Single incision liver biopsy

Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery

During laparoscopic pancreatic surgery your surgeon will use a thin, flexible laparoscope to view the inside of the abdominal cavity while the patient is under a general anesthesia. The surgery is performed through several tiny incisions in the abdomen while using the laparoscope as a guide. Laparoscopic and single incision surgical techniques offer several benefits over traditional surgical methods, including minimal scarring, faster recovery periods, reduced discomfort and a shorter hospital stay.

Minimally invasive liver biopsies are also available through GI Surgical Specialists. During a single incision liver biopsy, the surgeon will enter the abdomen through the belly button and obtain a tissue sample for further testing.

Prior to your operation your surgeon will discuss any potential risks or complications that are associated with minimally invasive pancreatic surgery.