General & Digestive Surgery
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.
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.