Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery for Solving Pancreatic Conditions

Pancreas is an organ we rarely discuss until something goes wrong with it. It's present in the deeper abdominal area and helps in regulating our digestive system by production of enzymes to break down food into necessary nutrients. Pancreatic diseases are fairly common and can really affect your quality of life and sometimes can be grave or life threatening. Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery involves surgery through very small cuts to correct the problems affecting the pancreas.

When laparoscopic pancreatic surgery is done ?

Some of the diseases and conditions that warrant laparoscopic pancreatic surgery include the following:

Acute Pancreatitis and its sequelae: involves inflammation of pancreas and leads to accumulation of infected fluid in and around the pancreas. 

Chronic Pancreatitis: long standing pancreatic inflammation leading to stone formation in the ducts

Pancreatic Cancers: cancer affecting pancreas characterised by jaundice, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Types of laparoscopic pancreatic surgeries

The different types of pancreatic surgeries include: -

Laparoscopic necrosectomy: ideal for treatment of pancreatic necrosis, a complication of acute pancreatitis and involves removal of dead cells and infected fluid accumulated around the pancreas.

Whipple’s Procedure: used for treatment of pancreatic cancer where the affected area is removed

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: removes the body and tail of pancreas affected by the disease.

Benefits of Laparoscopic procedure

  • Relatively painless
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions
Dr. NP Kamalesh is a leading gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgeon, with vast experience in pancreatic surgery based in Cochin.

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