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.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Gastroenterological Association|
|4930 Del Ray Avenue|
|Bethesda, MD 20814|
|Phone: ||(301) 654-2055|
|Fax: ||(301) 654-5920|
|Web Address: ||www.gastro.org|
The American Gastroenterological Association is a society of doctors who specialize in the digestive system (gastroenterologists). This Web site can help you find a gastroenterologist in your area. They also have patient information on many gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.
|National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse|
|2 Information Way|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-3570|
|Fax: ||(703) 738-4929|
|TDD: ||1-866-569-1162 toll-free|
|Web Address: ||www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov|
This clearinghouse is a service of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The clearinghouse answers questions; develops, reviews, and sends out publications; and coordinates information resources about digestive diseases. Publications produced by the clearinghouse are reviewed carefully for scientific accuracy, content, and readability.
|National Pancreas Foundation|
|101 Federal Street|
|Boston, MA 02110|
|Phone: ||1-866-726-2737 toll-free|
|Phone: ||(617) 342-7019|
|Fax: ||(617) 342-7080|
|Web Address: ||www.pancreasfoundation.org|
This organization supports research of diseases of the pancreas and provides information through its website and by mail. The website includes low-fat recipes.