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Surgery for chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a debilitating condition that may require surgery. Our HCA gastroenterologists can treat you

About

Chronic pancreatitis occurs when your pancreas has become permanently damaged from inflammation. As a result it no longer functions properly. In these severe cases, surgery to remove part (resection) or all of your prancreas (pancreatectomy) may be required. Your HCA gastroenterologist can diagnose and treat you.

Need to know

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    There are different surgical treatment options for chronic pancreatitis. These include:
    • For patients with gallstones near the pancreatic duct, shock waves are used to break the stones down (lithotripsy). An endoscope (long tube with a camera and light) and surgical tools are used to access the pancreatic duct, and your surgeon removes the stones
    • Resection (Whipple's procedure) where the inflamed parts of your pancreas are removed with surgical instruments
    • In some cases the entire pancreas may need to be removed. This and resection are both carried out under general anaesthetic
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    For your consultant to decide upon the surgery your require for your chronic pancreatitis, you may undergo a range of tests. These can include:
    • Blood tests
    • Stool (poo) examination to assess if you are digesting fat in the right way
    • CT, MRI and/or ultrasound scan to see the extent of pancreas inflammation/gallstones

    Your consultant will of course advise you on what to wear, as well as food and drink intake on the day of your procedure. They will also recommend if you need to stop taking any medication beforehand.
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    Immediately after surgery you'll be taken to the recovery room. If you experience any pain or nausea, our clinical nurses can provide you with medication.

    Your recovery process differs depending on the type of surgery you had. Your consultant will advise you on when you can get back to your usual routine.

    If you have your pancreas removed, you'll likely need to have autologous pancreatic islet cell transplantation (APICT). Islet cells produce insulin in your pancreas. When your pancreas is removed, the cells are injected into your liver to continue producing insulin. This can be an ongoing treatment.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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