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Surgery of the pancreas is avoided, if possible, because the gland is easily damaged. But surgery may be needed to remove infected or damaged tissue (pancreatic necrosis). The gallbladder may be removed to prevent future attacks from gallstones.
One of two surgeries can be done to remove the gallbladder if gallstones are causing pancreatitis:
Surgeons may choose among several techniques to remove damaged pancreatic tissue.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a procedure used to remove one or more gallstones from the common bile duct. ERCP can also be used to widen or drain blocked ducts and insert stents.
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