New to MyHealth?
Manage Your Care From Anywhere.
Access your health information from any device with MyHealth. You can message your clinic, view lab results, schedule an appointment, and pay your bill.
Stanford surgeons have the largest experience in North America in laparoscopic spleen-preserving pancreatectomy. In a traditional "distal" pancreatectomy (removing the tail/left side of the gland), the spleen is removed with the pancreas because the major splenic blood vessels run through the tail of the pancreas itself. However, in cases of pancreatic surgery for benign disease (e.g., pancreatic cysts), resection of the spleen is not required as a portion of the operation itself, but is typcially removed because of its anatomic proximity alone. Splenic-preservation is a technically demanding technique in which the blood supply to the spleen is carefully preserved so that it can be left behind, preserving the immunologic function of the spleen and reducing the risk of long-term infectious complications.
INTERESTED IN AN ONLINE SECOND OPINION?
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!
Visit our online second opinion page to learn more.