The pancreas is located at the base of the stomach. It produces hormones to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. When the pancreas becomes damaged, it causes abnormal production of insulin to metabolize food. This causes serious damage to the pancreas as it can not process insulin properly. In most cases of acute pancreatitis is an abrupt attack resulting in inflammation of the pancreas, usually accompanied by a sudden upper abdominal pain and is normally associated with high fever.
Other symptoms of acute pancreatitis are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and vomiting. The patients generally have a high level of glucose in their blood stream as the insulin level is very low. It is also necessary to remove the affected part from the abdomen to avoid complications of pancreatic cancer. If the affected area does not respond to medication, it is important to consult a doctor for further diagnosis.
In some case of pancreatic tumor it is necessary to remove the tumor and if there is no response from the doctor then surgery must be performed. It is necessary to remove pancreatic tumor on an outpatient basis. Doctors may order blood tests for diagnosis of pancreatic tumor and advise patients to reduce carbohydrate intake to reduce glucose levels in blood.
Gastrointestinal bleeding is the most common complication of pancreatectomy. Bleeding after the surgery is rare and occurs in few patients.
Patients who have undergone pancreatic surgery are advised to drink enough fluids. They should also eat foods rich in protein and fiber, such as whole grains and fruits. Patients are advised to take vitamins and mineral supplements. Some patients report that drinking milk can help them recover from pancreatic surgery.
Pancreatectomy is only recommended if the patient has no other options available. If it is an emergency operation, surgery will be required to treat the disease of the pancreas. Patients with gallbladder problems should be monitored as gallstones can block the arteries leading to the liver and pancreas.
There is another form of pancreatectomy known as bariatrics, which is used to treat patients with diabetes. when removing a small amount of the stomach. The surgeon removes the pancreas in case of obstruction of the gallbladder and also removes the bile ducts. In the case of a pancreatectomy, patients must have a blood test to establish the exact cause of the pancreatectomy and decide if this is the best option.
A small piece of a pancreatic tumor may not need to be removed in some cases. However, if the tumor does not grow or change, it must be removed as this can cause further damage to the pancreas. Some doctors recommend removing the entire pancreas when there is no other way to cure a pancreatectomy.
Before the surgical procedure, you must inform your doctor about all your health conditions such as hypertension, hypoglycemia, etc., in order to avoid complications during the surgical procedure
Pancreatic surgery should only be performed by a doctor with expertise in this field. You should always ensure that your doctor is board certified and his credentials are recognized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The doctor should also be in the opinion of your family doctor and relatives.
Surgery is a major surgery and you should expect some recovery time after it. Your body will have some time to recover before getting back to its normal functions. You should not start exercising immediately after surgery as it will cause severe pain in the abdomen and you may loose some of your muscle strength.
In some cases after surgery there are some complications and recovery process will last for several days. You may be advised to take Vitamin C supplements. You need to consult your doctor and ask for guidance on the dosage of vitamin supplements to take during this process.