For many patients with pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis or other pancreatic conditions, surgery is the best option. Some of the surgical procedures involve removing the diseased part of the pancreas and reattaching the rest of the organ so that your body can continue to function as it did before.
Your MedStar Georgetown surgeon will choose the best option based on your particular condition.
Sometimes, your doctor may choose to perform a traditional distal pancreatectomy. Your surgeon's goal is to remove as much of the mass as possible, and sometimes, this is done more effectively with an open procedure rather than with a laparoscopic procedure.