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In the event that surgery is necessary to treat complications of acute pancreatitis occur, Stanford's renowned therapeutic endoscopists and pancreatic surgeons are recognized as pioneers in their field for performing innovative procedures that shorten recovery times for patients.
Innovative approaches in cases of acute pancreatitis
Acute pancreatitis is a life-threatening disease in which the pancreas can actually digest itself and occasionally becomes infected. These cases often require removal of the diseased tissue. The traditional approach is a large open "necrosectomy" (debridement of the pancreas). At Stanford we can often avoid these large and very complex operations. Various less invasive techniques can be performed, including:
Laparoscopic transgastric approach - laparoscopic surgery within the lumen of the stomach itself to remove the diseased tissue and connect the stomach to the pancreas to allow ongoing drainage of the pancreas into the stomach.
Minimally invasive retroperitoneal pancreatectomy (MIRP) - a novel technique where the dead pancreas is surgically removed through a single 1.5 cm tube through the patient's side using a special operating endoscope.