What is a pancreatic resection?
Pancreatic resection is the surgical removal of part of the pancreas. It is also known as a “pancreatectomy”. The most common reason why one might want to undergo this procedure is for the treatment of a pancreatic tumour.
What does a pancreatic resection involve?
As described in the section on pancreatic cancer, the pancreas is an elongated organ which runs from the just to the right of the midline to the left upper abdomen. On the right side, it hooks around some large blood vessels supplying the liver and also lies on the common bile duct which drains bile from the liver and is wrapped around the side by the first part of the intestines (the duodenum). On the left side, it touches the spleen. Due to these differences in the structures surrounding the pancreas, the left and right sided operations are very different.
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