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Pancreatic Tumour:

Pancreatic tumours are not only difficult to diagnose at the early stages but are also dangerous as they are also difficult to treat, primarily because pancreatic cancer tumours don’t respond as well to therapies that are commonly used for other, less severe types of cancer.
However, there are treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Depending on the specific type of pancreatic cancer and when it’s diagnosed, treatment generally involves some combination of these three therapies.

Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic Tumor removal in Bangalore

Pancreatic cancer is a type of insidious disease; that is, it doesn’t get detected early, thereby making it dangerous.

However, most patients with pancreatic cancer experience the following symptoms before the diagnosis: 
• Weight loss 
• Poor appetite
• Fatigue
• Weakness 

The other symptoms of pancreatic cancer include: 
• Abdominal discomfort
• Back pain
• Yellowing of the eyes and skin
• Amber-coloured urine
• Vomiting
• Feeling of fullness
• Fatty- or oily-looking stool 

Because there is no single screening test for pancreatic cancer, doctors also partly rely on the identification of symptoms like these to help make a diagnosis. 

Whipple's Resection:

The Whipple procedure, also called pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a surgery to remove the head of the pancreas. The operation also involves removing the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum, the gallbladder, and the bile duct. Meet our doctor for Whipple’s Resection in Bangalore.

Whipple's Resection in Bangalore

Benefits of the Whipple surgery include:  

  • This procedure is known to have the best long-term survival rates for pancreatic tumours.
  • It is known to relieve symptoms like pain, jaundice, and digestive problems.
  • It’s the only cure for pancreatic cancer.

Chronic Pancreatitis:

Chronic pancreatitis is a long-term inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to permanent damage to the pancreas. This condition can cause abdominal pain, digestive problems, and weight loss, among other symptoms. When conservative treatments such as medication and lifestyle changes don’t provide sufficient relief, surgical management may be considered. Here are some common surgical options for chronic pancreatitis:

Chronic Pancreatitis treatment in Bangalore
1.Pancreaticojejunostomy (drainage procedures):
  • This surgical technique involves creating a connection between the pancreas and the jejunum (part of the small intestine).
  • It aims to bypass areas of blockage or strictures in the pancreatic duct system, allowing pancreatic juices to drain more effectively and reducing pain.
  • Different types of drainage procedures may be performed depending on the specific anatomy and condition of the patient.
2.Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure):
  • This is a major surgical procedure involving the removal of the head of the pancreas, part of the small intestine, the gallbladder, and the bile duct.
  • It’s typically performed when chronic pancreatitis affects the head of the pancreas and the surrounding structures.
  • The Whipple procedure can help relieve pain and improve the quality of life for some patients.
3.Distal pancreatectomy:
  • In this procedure, the tail and sometimes part of the body of the pancreas are removed.
  • It’s often considered when chronic pancreatitis affects the body or tail of the pancreas.
3.Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT):
  • In cases of severe chronic pancreatitis that don’t respond to other treatments and significantly impair quality of life, total removal of the pancreas may be considered.
  • Islet autotransplantation involves harvesting insulin-producing cells (islets) from the patient’s pancreas before removing it and then transplanting these cells back into the patient’s liver.
  • This procedure aims to alleviate pain while preserving some degree of insulin production to prevent diabetes.

The choice of surgical procedure depends on various factors including the extent of pancreatic damage, the location of the affected areas, the patient’s overall health, and their preferences. It’s important for patients to discuss the risks and benefits of each surgical option with their healthcare team to make an informed decision. Additionally, post-surgical management often involves close monitoring, pain management, and adjustments to diet and lifestyle to optimize outcomes and quality of life.