Pancreatic Surgery

Pancreatic Surgery covers a range of procedures performed to treat acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

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Pancreatic Surgery in Spain

If you must undergo surgery of this magnitude, you should put yourself in the hands of an expert doctor who can guide you and advise you on the different options for this surgery. Today, pancreatic surgery is capable of removing the entire tumor from the body.

There are various other techniques available, depending on the location of the tumour. We advise you to request a free medical evaluation from the doctor and we will look for the best option thanks to the expert medical committee who will evaluate your case.

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    Treatment characteristics

    Those suffering from tumours in the pancreas and require the affected area to be resected or for the organ to be removed completely.

    There are different types of surgery to try to remove or contain a pancreatic cancer.

    Depending on the location and size of the tumour, the following surgery may be performed

    Whipple (duodenopancreatectomy); The head of the pancreas is removed leaving enough of the organ to function properly. Parts of other nearby organs are also removed.

    Distal pancreatectomy -The tail of the pancreas and part of the body is removed (by open surgery, laparoscopy, or DaVinci robot). Depending on the metastasis of the cancer, the spleen may be removed.

    Total pancreatectomy (by open surgery, laparoscopy, or DaVinci robot); The pancreas and some of the organs to which it has spread (spleen, small intestine, stomach, etc.) are completely removed.

    All surgeries are performed under general anaesthetic and usually take between 2 to 5 hours. After surgery you may spend some nights in the ICU to be monitored; then you will stay on the ward for 4 to 10 days, depending on the type of surgery and the technique used.

    When you are discharged, you will be given guidelines to follow in order to continue recovering from the surgery.

    The primary goal is to completely eradicate the cancer, but sometimes surgeries can be performed in a palliative manner.

    The time in Spain will depend on the type of surgery you had to undergo.

    It could be around two or three months or more, depending on the specifics of your case as indicated by your doctor.

    If you came to us in the early stages, you may be able to return home after a month or two, although you will have to undergo a strict follow-up (in your country or in ours) to monitor your progress.

    Please note that the first five years after the initial treatments are the most critical in terms of relapse.

    Relevant information

    Advantages

    • Use of innovative techniques to improve cancer outcomes.
    • High-level specialists in the oncological field who take care of patients during the postoperative period.
    • Reduction of the time of hospitalisation.

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.​
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!

    • The same goes for any fasting that the doctor indicates, if you do not comply – You will not be able to have the surgery either.

    After treatment

    • After your treatment, the doctors involved in your treatment will want to be kept informed of your progress on a regular basis.
    • They will ask you to undergo a series of check-ups that you will have to undergo during the first years with different frequency, usually every 3 or 6 months. They will arrange visits and, in some cases, will ask you for some further tests to check that everything is under control.​
    • They will certainly suggest a new nutrition plan and life habits that will help you in this new phase.
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you and how well you follow your doctor’s instructions.

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