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Treatment of acute pancreatitis usually takes place in the hospital. It focuses on taking care of pain and supporting your body while your pancreas heals. In severe cases, treatment may occur in an intensive care unit to support breathing, treat serious infections, or help raise very low blood pressure.
If a gallstone is causing the problem, the gallstone may need to be removed. This is done during a procedure called ERCP. The doctor puts a scope in your mouth and moves it gently through the stomach and into the ducts from the pancreas and gallbladder. The doctor is then able to see a stone and remove it.
Sometimes the gallbladder, which makes gallstones, needs to be removed by surgery.
People with pancreatitis often need a lot of fluid to help support their other organs and their blood pressure. They get fluids through a vein (intravenous, or IV). Instead of food by mouth, nutrition is sometimes given through a vein while the pancreas heals.