Pancreas Resection

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Pancreas Resection

If you have pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation) and need surgery, turn to Arizona Preferred Surgeons in Glendale, Arizona. Board-certified general surgeons offer pancreas resection to remove harmful tissues and reduce your risk of serious complications. Call the office today to learn more about the procedure or schedule your consultation online.

Pancreas Resection Q & A

What is pancreas resection?

Pancreas resection is surgery to remove part of your pancreas, an organ that helps convert the food you eat into fuel. It aids digestion and helps regulate the sugar in your blood. Pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis inflammation are common reasons you might need pancreas resection. 

Is pancreas resection right for me?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer that could indicate the need for pancreas reaction include:

  • Radiating abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Light-colored stool
  • Itchy skin
  • Development of diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots

Your provider reviews your medical history and symptoms with you to know if a pancreas resection is the proper treatment for you.

They complete a physical exam and could suggest that you undergo blood tests and tissue biopsies. They might also order a CT scan, PET scan, MRI, or another imaging procedure. In some instances, you’ll need your pancreas removed entirely during a total pancreatectomy.

How should I prepare for pancreas resection?

To prepare for your surgery, follow the instructions given to you by Arizona Preferred Surgeons. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, don’t smoke, and stop taking certain medications if they ask you to. Don’t eat or drink anything the morning of surgery.

What should I expect during pancreas resection?

Before the procedure, you usually receive a general anesthetic to make you fall asleep. Your surgeon makes a tiny incision, removes part of your pancreas using laparoscopy or robotic technology, and closes the incisions. The procedure usually lasts 2-4 hours, but every patient is different.

What happens after the procedure?

After pancreas resection, it’s important to get plenty of rest. Plan to stay in the surgical center for a few days and have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you. Follow all instructions for taking care of yourself after surgery. Take medications as directed, avoid strenuous activity, and keep the incision site clean. Attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon.

If you’ve been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you’ll also need radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or additional cancer treatments to reduce the chance of cancer spreading to other parts of your body.

Call the office today or book a consultation online to learn more about pancreas resection at Arizona Preferred Surgeons.

Arizona Preferred Surgeons
✆ Phone (appointments): 623-321-0840
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 602-995-0822
Address: 18700 N 64th Drive, Suite 108, Glendale, AZ 85308