Pancreatic resection is a surgical procedure performed to remove pre-cancerous and/ or cancerous tumors of the head of the pancreas or in the area adjacent to the head of the pancreas. This procedure is also called Pancreaticoduodenectomy, Pancreatoduodenectomy, Whippple Procedure or Kausch-Whipple Procedure and it can be used to remove tumors of one of the structures related to the pancreas. Basically it is a surgical procedure for pancreatic cancer treatment by removing the infected cancerous part from the pancreas.
A common arterial blood supply known as the gastroduodenal artery passes through the head of the pancreas and the duodenum. If this artery is severed, the blood supply to both the organs, the pancreas and the duodenum is compromised and leads to tissue necrosis which means the death of body tissue. Tissue necrosis is an irreversible medical condition and can also occur due to exposure to radiation or harmful chemicals. When large areas of body tissue undergo necrosis, the affected area lacks a healthy supply of blood and can lead to gangrene.
Pancreatoduodenectomy is a minimally invasive procedure and consists of surgical removal of a part of the stomach, the gallbladder, the cystic duct, the bile duct, the head of the pancreas, the duodenum, proximal jejunum and lymph nodes. A reconstruction is performed to attach the pancreas, the common bile duct and the stomach to the jejunum. This allows food, the digestive juices and bile to flow into the gastrointestinal tract.
The Pancreatic Resection procedure has evolved over the years and is very well established to cure pancreatic adenocarcinoma and other periampullary neoplasms. It is often used to treat chronic pancreatitis and for carrying out resection of metastases to the pancreas. the evolution in the procedure has lead to better outcomes that bring about faster healing in the patients thus decreasing their stay in the hospital post the surgery.
Dr. Nikhil Agnihotri, expert Laparoscopic Surgeon provides Pancreatic Resection for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment and Chronic Pancreatitis Treatment in Delhi, India. Contact us to know more about treatment and cost.