Pancreas surgery, also known as pancreatic surgery, is a complex surgical procedure that involves the removal of all or part of the pancreas. The pancreas is a vital organ that plays a crucial role in the digestive system and the regulation of blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is important to understand the situations when pancreas surgery may be necessary.
Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS, is a board-certified pancreatic and liver cancer surgeon in New York who offers several surgery options when pancreatic complications warrant it. Pancreas surgery is usually recommended when there is a suspicion or diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders. The surgery may involve the removal of the entire pancreas or a part of it, depending on the severity and extent of the condition.
Pancreatic cancer is a life-threatening disease that affects the pancreas and is usually detected in the later stages. In such cases, surgery is often recommended as the first line of treatment, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. The surgery may involve the removal of the tumor, a part of the pancreas or the entire pancreas.
Chronic pancreatitis is a condition that causes inflammation and damage to the pancreas over time. The inflammation can cause scarring, which can lead to the formation of cysts or blockages in the ducts. In such cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the damaged portion of the pancreas or to relieve the blockages.
Pancreatic cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs that develop in the pancreas, may also require surgery if they are large, causing symptoms, or have the potential to become cancerous. The surgery may involve the removal of the cyst or a part of the pancreas.
In some cases, pancreas surgery may be recommended for non-cancerous conditions such as pancreatic pseudocysts, which are collections of fluid and debris that form in the pancreas after an episode of acute pancreatitis. Surgery may be necessary to drain or remove the pseudocyst.
NYC Pancreatic Surgery Specialist
Pancreas surgery is necessary in various situations, including the management of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts and other pancreatic disorders. It is important to consult with Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS, as soon as possible when you suspect or receive a diagnosis of pancreatic complications. He can determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition and explain more about any recommended treatments or procedures.
Dr. Alden has extensive experience in this field and can perform most pancreas surgeries using minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic techniques. Many patients who were told elsewhere that minimally invasive surgery was not possible have benefitted from successful surgeries from Dr. Alden.
Contact Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS, in NYC today to schedule an exam and consultation about pancreas surgery. Our team can answer your questions about the types of available surgeries, insurance plans we accept, hospitals where Dr. Alden has surgery privileges, travel arrangements and more.